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Tropical Forest Census Plots
  • R. Condit
  • Geography
  • Environmental Intelligence Unit
  • 1998
Error propagation and scaling for tropical forest biomass estimates.
It is found that the most important source of error is currently related to the choice of the allometric model, and more work should be devoted to improving the predictive power of allometric models for biomass. Expand
Spatial patterns in the distribution of tropical tree species.
The degree of aggregation in the distribution of 1768 tree species is examined based on the average density of conspecific trees in circular neighborhoods around each tree, and it is found that nearly every species was more aggregated than a random distribution. Expand
Habitat associations of trees and shrubs in a 50-ha neotropical forest plot
To the extent that habitat association reflects habitat specialization, the results suggest that local habitat specialization plays a limited role in the maintenance of species diversity in this forest. Expand
Spatial and temporal variation of biomass in a tropical forest: results from a large census plot in Panama
To test whether the AGB of tropical forests is increasing due to climate change, it is proposed that in each forest type, at least 10 hectares of forest be inventoried, and that measurements of the small classes (< 10 cm diameter) as well as large size classes be included. Expand
Tropical Forest Census Plots: Methods and Results from Barro Colorado Island, Panama and a Comparison with Other Plots
1.1. The CTFS and the Standardization of Methodology.- 1.2. Design and Purpose of the Large Plot Network.- 2.1. Topography and the Mapping Grid.- 2.2. Censusing Trees.- 2.3. Taxonomy.- 2.4. CheckingExpand
Beta-Diversity in Tropical Forest Trees
It is found that beta-diversity is higher in Panama than in western Amazonia and that patterns in both areas are inconsistent with the neutral model, suggesting that dispersal limitation, with speciation, influences species turnover. Expand
Mortality Rates of 205 Neotropical Tree and Shrub Species and the Impact of a Severe Drought
Predicting how tropical forests will respond to climatic perturbations will require much detailed information from many species, and accurate predictions about how tropical trees will suffer more during an extended drought than generalists are required. Expand
Drought sensitivity shapes species distribution patterns in tropical forests
It is shown that differential drought sensitivity shapes plant distributions in tropical forests at both regional and local scales, and changes in soil moisture availability caused by global climate change and forest fragmentation are likely to alter tropical species distributions, community composition and diversity. Expand
Predicting Population Trends from Size Distributions: A Direct Test in a Tropical Tree Community
Empirical evaluation of 216 tree populations showed that juvenile growth was the strongest predictor of size distribution, in the direction predicted by theory, and results suggest that static in formation on the size distribution is not a good predictor of future population trends, while demographic information is. Expand