An International Network to Understand the Biomass and Dynamics of Amazonian Forests (RAINFOR)


Malhi, Y., Phillips, O.L., Lloyd, J., Baker, T., Wright, J.A., Almeida, S., Arroyo, L., Frederiksen, T., Grace, J., Higuchi, N., Killeen, T., Laurance, W.F., Leaño, C., Lewis, S., Meir, P., Monteagudo, A., Neill, D., Núñez Vargas, P., Panfil, S.N., Patiño, S., Pitman, N., Quesada, C.A., Rudas-Ll, A., Salomão, R., Saleska, S., Silva, N. and Silveira, M. (2002) An International Network to Understand the Biomass and Dynamics of Amazonian Forests (RAINFOR). Journal of Vegetation Science, 13, 439-450. (doi:10.1658/1100-9233(2002)013[0439:AINTMT]2.0.CO;2).

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Description/Abstract

The Amazon basin is likely to be increasingly
affected by environmental changes: higher temperatures,
changes in precipitation, CO2 fertilization and habitat fragmentation.
To examine the important ecological and biogeochemical
consequences of these changes, we are developing
an international network, RAINFOR, which aims to monitor
forest biomass and dynamics across Amazonia in a co-ordinated
fashion in order to understand their relationship to soil and
climate. The network will focus on sample plots established
by independent researchers, some providing data extending
back several decades. We will also conduct rapid transect
studies of poorly monitored regions. Field expeditions analysed
local soil and plant properties in the first phase (2001-
2002). Initial results suggest that the network has the potential
to reveal much information on the continental-scale relations
between forest and environment. The network will also serve
as a forum for discussion between researchers, with the aim of
standardising sampling techniques and methodologies that
will enable Amazonian forests to be monitored in a coherent
manner in the coming decades.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1100-9233 (print)
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Keywords: Amazon; Basal area; Carbon; Climate; Long-term monitoring; Permanent plot; Soil; Tropical forest.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis
ePrint ID: 55558
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:38
Contact Email Address: J.A.Wright@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55558

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