Uncertainty in the construction of global knowledge of tropical forests

  title={Uncertainty in the construction of global knowledge of tropical forests},
  author={Alan Grainger},
  journal={Progress in Physical Geography},
  pages={811 - 844}
  • A. Grainger
  • Published 1 December 2010
  • Environmental Science
  • Progress in Physical Geography
Knowledge of tropical forest change remains uncertain, affecting our ability to produce accurate estimates of globally aggregated parameters to support clear global statements about ‘the tropical forests’. This paper reviews current methods for constructing global knowledge of changes in tropical forest area, carbon density, biodiversity and ecosystem services. It finds a deficiency in formal institutions for global measurement and constructing global knowledge. In their absence, informal… 

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