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Title: Trailblazing the Carbon Cycle of Tropical Forests from Puerto Rico

Author(s): Sandra Brown; Ariel Lugo. [External Site: Opens in New Window]

Year: 2017

Source: Forests 8(4): 101

Abstract: We review the literature that led to clarifying the role of tropical forests in the global carbon cycle from a time when they were considered sources of atmospheric carbon to the time when they were found to be atmospheric carbon sinks. This literature originates from work conducted by US Forest Service scientists in Puerto Rico and their collaborators. It involves the classification of forests by life zones, estimation of carbon density by forest type, assessing carbon storage changes with ecological succession and land use/land cover type, describing the details of the carbon cycle of forests at stand and landscape levels, assessing global land cover by forest type and the complexity of land use change in tropical regions, and assessing the ecological fluxes and storages that contribute to net carbon accumulation in tropical forests. We also review recent work that couples field inventory data, remote sensing technology such as LIDAR, and GIS analysis in order to more accurately determine the role of tropical forests in the global carbon cycle and point out new avenues of carbon research that address the responses of tropical forests to environmental change.

Citation: Brown, Sandra; Lugo, Ariel 2017.Trailblazing the Carbon Cycle of Tropical Forests from Puerto Rico. Forests. 8(4): 101-. https://doi.org/10.3390/f8040101.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/f8040101 [Opens in New Window]


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