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Trailblazing the Carbon Cycle of Tropical Forests from Puerto RicoAuthor(s): Sandra Brown; Ariel Lugo
Source: Forests 8(4): 101-.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: International Institute of Tropical Forestry
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DescriptionWe 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.
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CitationBrown, Sandra; Lugo, Ariel. 2017.Trailblazing the Carbon Cycle of Tropical Forests from Puerto Rico. Forests. 8(4): 101-. https://doi.org/10.3390/f8040101.
Keywordsbiomass, allometry, volume expansion factors, soil organic carbon, tropical forest area, forest inventory data, novel forests, tree plantations, secondary forests, mature forests
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