CTFS-ForestGEO: A worldwide network monitoring forests in an era of global change

Anderson-Teixeira, Kristina J., Davies, Stuart J., Bennett, Amy C., Gonzalez-Akre, Erika B., Muller-Landau, Helene C., Wright, S. Joseph, Abu Salim, Kamariah, Almeyda Zambrano, Angelica M., Alonso, Alfonso, Baltzer, Jennifer L., Basset, Yves, Bourg, Norman A., Broadbent, Eben N., Brockelman, Warren Y., Bunyavejchewin, Sarayudh, Burslem, David F. R. P., Butt, Nathalie, Cao, Min, Cardenas, Dairon, Chuyong, George B., Clay, Keith, Cordell, Susan, Dattaraja, Handanakere S., Deng, Xiaobao, Detto, Matteo, Du, Xiaojun, Duque, Alvaro, Erikson, David L., Ewango, Corneille E. N., Fischer, Gunter A., Fletcher, Christine, Foster, Robin B., Giardina, Christian P., Gilbert, Gregory S., Gunatilleke, Nimal, Gunatilleke, Savitri, Hao, Zhanqing, Hargrove, William W., Hart, Terese B., Hau, Billy C. H., He, Fangliang, Hoffman, Forrest M., Howe, Robert W., Hubbell, Stephen P., Inman-Narahari, Faith M., Jansen, Patrick A., Jiang, Mingxi, Johnson, Daniel J., Kanzaki, Mamoru, Kassim, Abdul Rahman, Kenfack, David, Kibet, Staline, Kinnaird, Margaret F., Korte, Lisa, Kral, Kamil, Kumar, Jitendra, Larson, Andrew J., Li, Yide, Li, Xiankun, Liu, Shirong, Lum, Shawn K. Y., Lutz, James A., Ma, Keping, Maddalena, Damian M., Makana, Jean-Remy, Malhi, Yadvinder, Marthews, Toby, Mat Serudin, Rafizah, McMahon, Sean M., McShea, William J., Memiaghe, Herve R., Mi, Xiangchen, Mizuno, Takashi, Morecroft, Michael, Myers, Jonathan A., Novotny, Vojtech, de Oliveira, Alexandre A., Ong, Perry S., Orwig, David A., Ostertag, Rebecca, den Ouden, Jan, Parker, Geoffrey G., Phillips, Richard P., Sack, Lawren, Sainge, Moses N., Sang, Weiguo, Sri-ngernyuang, Kriangsak, Sukumar, Raman, Sun, I-Fang, Sungpalee, Witchaphart, Suresh, Hebbalalu Sathyanarayana, Tan, Sylvester, Thomas, Sean C., Thomas, Duncan W., Thompson, Jill, Turner, Benjamin L., Uriarte, Maria, Valencia, Renato, Vallejo, Marta I., Vicentini, Alberto, Vrska, Tomas, Wang, Xihua, Wang, Xugao, Weiblen, George, Wolf, Amy, Xu, Han, Yap, Sandra and Zimmerman, Jess (2015) CTFS-ForestGEO: A worldwide network monitoring forests in an era of global change. Global Change Biology, 21 2: 528-549. doi:10.1111/gcb.12712

Author Anderson-Teixeira, Kristina J.
Davies, Stuart J.
Bennett, Amy C.
Gonzalez-Akre, Erika B.
Muller-Landau, Helene C.
Wright, S. Joseph
Abu Salim, Kamariah
Almeyda Zambrano, Angelica M.
Alonso, Alfonso
Baltzer, Jennifer L.
Basset, Yves
Bourg, Norman A.
Broadbent, Eben N.
Brockelman, Warren Y.
Bunyavejchewin, Sarayudh
Burslem, David F. R. P.
Butt, Nathalie
Cao, Min
Cardenas, Dairon
Chuyong, George B.
Clay, Keith
Cordell, Susan
Dattaraja, Handanakere S.
Deng, Xiaobao
Detto, Matteo
Du, Xiaojun
Duque, Alvaro
Erikson, David L.
Ewango, Corneille E. N.
Fischer, Gunter A.
Fletcher, Christine
Foster, Robin B.
Giardina, Christian P.
Gilbert, Gregory S.
Gunatilleke, Nimal
Gunatilleke, Savitri
Hao, Zhanqing
Hargrove, William W.
Hart, Terese B.
Hau, Billy C. H.
He, Fangliang
Hoffman, Forrest M.
Howe, Robert W.
Hubbell, Stephen P.
Inman-Narahari, Faith M.
Jansen, Patrick A.
Jiang, Mingxi
Johnson, Daniel J.
Kanzaki, Mamoru
Kassim, Abdul Rahman
Kenfack, David
Kibet, Staline
Kinnaird, Margaret F.
Korte, Lisa
Kral, Kamil
Kumar, Jitendra
Larson, Andrew J.
Li, Yide
Li, Xiankun
Liu, Shirong
Lum, Shawn K. Y.
Lutz, James A.
Ma, Keping
Maddalena, Damian M.
Makana, Jean-Remy
Malhi, Yadvinder
Marthews, Toby
Mat Serudin, Rafizah
McMahon, Sean M.
McShea, William J.
Memiaghe, Herve R.
Mi, Xiangchen
Mizuno, Takashi
Morecroft, Michael
Myers, Jonathan A.
Novotny, Vojtech
de Oliveira, Alexandre A.
Ong, Perry S.
Orwig, David A.
Ostertag, Rebecca
den Ouden, Jan
Parker, Geoffrey G.
Phillips, Richard P.
Sack, Lawren
Sainge, Moses N.
Sang, Weiguo
Sri-ngernyuang, Kriangsak
Sukumar, Raman
Sun, I-Fang
Sungpalee, Witchaphart
Suresh, Hebbalalu Sathyanarayana
Tan, Sylvester
Thomas, Sean C.
Thomas, Duncan W.
Thompson, Jill
Turner, Benjamin L.
Uriarte, Maria
Valencia, Renato
Vallejo, Marta I.
Vicentini, Alberto
Vrska, Tomas
Wang, Xihua
Wang, Xugao
Weiblen, George
Wolf, Amy
Xu, Han
Yap, Sandra
Zimmerman, Jess
Title CTFS-ForestGEO: A worldwide network monitoring forests in an era of global change
Journal name Global Change Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1365-2486
Publication date 2015-02-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/gcb.12712
Open Access Status
Volume 21
Issue 2
Start page 528
End page 549
Total pages 22
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Global change is impacting forests worldwide, threatening biodiversity and ecosystem services including climate regulation. Understanding how forests respond is critical to forest conservation and climate protection. This review describes an international network of 59 long-term forest dynamics research sites (CTFS-ForestGEO) useful for characterizing forest responses to global change. Within very large plots (median size 25 ha), all stems ≥1 cm diameter are identified to species, mapped, and regularly recensused according to standardized protocols. CTFS-ForestGEO spans 25°S-61°N latitude, is generally representative of the range of bioclimatic, edaphic, and topographic conditions experienced by forests worldwide, and is the only forest monitoring network that applies a standardized protocol to each of the world's major forest biomes. Supplementary standardized measurements at subsets of the sites provide additional information on plants, animals, and ecosystem and environmental variables. CTFS-ForestGEO sites are experiencing multifaceted anthropogenic global change pressures including warming (average 0.61 °C), changes in precipitation (up to ±30% change), atmospheric deposition of nitrogen and sulfur compounds (up to 3.8 g N m-2 yr-1 and 3.1 g S m-2 yr-1), and forest fragmentation in the surrounding landscape (up to 88% reduced tree cover within 5 km). The broad suite of measurements made at CTFS-ForestGEO sites makes it possible to investigate the complex ways in which global change is impacting forest dynamics. Ongoing research across the CTFS-ForestGEO network is yielding insights into how and why the forests are changing, and continued monitoring will provide vital contributions to understanding worldwide forest diversity and dynamics in an era of global change.
Keyword Biodiversity
Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS)
Climate change
Forest dynamics plot
Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO)
Long-term monitoring
Spatial analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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