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Title: Changes in the carbon balance of tropical forests: Evidence from long- term plots
Authors: Phillips, Oliver L.
Malhi, Yadvinder Singh
Higuchi, Niro
Laurance, William F.
Núñez, Percy V.
Vásquez, Rodolfo V.
Laurance, Susan G.W.
Ferreira, Leandro Valle
Stern, Margaret J.
Brown, Sandra L.
Grace, John
Keywords: Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
Tropical Forests
Carbon Dioxide
Measurement Errors
Plants (botany)
Carbon Dioxide
Atmospheric Sink
Biogeochemical Cycle
Carbon Budget
Community Response
Tropical Forest
Carbon Dioxide Fixation
Plant Growth
Priority Journal
South America
South America
Issue Date: 1998
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Science
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 282, Número 5388, Pags. 439-442
Abstract: The role of the world's forests as a 'sink' for atmospheric carbon dioxide is the subject of active debate. Long-term monitoring of plots in mature humid tropical forests concentrated in South America revealed that biomass gain by tree growth exceeded losses from tree death in 38 of 50 Neotropical sites. These forest plots have accumulated 0.71 ton, plus or minus 0.34 ton, of carbon per hectare per year in recent decades. The data suggest that Neotropical forests may be a significant carbon sink, reducing the rate of increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1126/science.282.5388.439
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