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Title: ForestGEO: Understanding forest diversity and dynamics through a global observatory network
Authors: Davies, Stuart James
Abiem, Iveren
Salim, Kamariah Abu
Aguilar, Salomón
Allen, David N.
Alonso, Alfonso
Anderson-Teixeira, Kristina J.
Andrade, Ana C.S.
Arellano, Gabriel
Ashton, Peter S.
Baker, Patrick J.
Baker, Matthew E.
Baltzer, Jennifer L.
Basset, Yves
Bissiengou, Pulchérie
Bohlman, Stephanie Ann
Bourg, Norman A.
Brockelman, Warren Y.
Bunyavejchewin, Sarayudh
Burslem, David F.R.P.
Cao, Min
Cárdenas, Dairón
Chang, Liwan
Chang-Yang, Chia Hao
Chao, Kuo Jung
Chao, Weichun
Chapman, H. M.
Chen, Yuyun
Chisholm, Ryan A.
Chu, Chengjin
Chuyong, George Bindeh
Clay, Keith
Comita, Liza S.
Condit, Richard S.
Cordell, Susan
Dattaraja, Handanakere Shavaramaiah
Oliveira, Alexandre Adalardo de
den Ouden, Jan H.B.
Detto, Matteo
Dick, Christopher
Du, Xiaojun
Duque M, Alvaro J.
Ediriweera, Sisira
Ellis, Erle C.
Obiang, Nestor Laurier Engone
Esufali, Shameema T.
Ewango, Corneille E.N.
Fernando, Edwino S.
Filip, Jonah
Fischer, Gunter Alexander
Foster, Robin B.
Giambelluca, Thomas W.
Giardina, Christian P.
Gilbert, Gregory S.
González-Akre, Erika B.
Gunatilleke, I. A.U.Nimal
Gunatilleke, C. V.Savitri
Hao, Zhanqing
Hau, Billy Chi Hang
He, Fangliang
Ni, Hongwei
Howe, Robert W.
Hubbell, Stephen P.
Huth, Andreas
Inman-Narahari, Faith M.
Itoh, Akira
Janík, David
Jansen, Patrick A.
Jiang, Mingxi
Johnson, Daniel J.
Jones, Franklin Andrew
Kanzaki, Mamoru
Kenfack, David
Kiratiprayoon, Somboon
Král, Kamil
Krizel, Lauren
Lao, Suzanne
Larson, Andrew J.
Li, Yide
Li, Xiankun
Litton, Creighton M.
Liu, Yu
Liu, Shirong
Lum, Shawn Kaihekulani Yamauchi
Luskin, Matthew Scott
Lutz, James A.
Luu, Hong Truong
Ma, Keping
Makana, Jean Rémy
Malhi, Yadvinder Singh
Martin, Adam R.
McCarthy, Caly
McMahon, Sean M.
McShea, William Joseph
Memiaghe, Hervé Roland
Mi, Xiangcheng
Mitre, David
Mohamad, Mohizah Bt
Monks, Logan
Muller-Landau, Helene C.
Musili, Paul Mutuku
Myers, Jonathan A.
Nathalang, Anuttara
Ngo, KangMin
Norden, Natalia
Novotny, Vojtech
O'Brien, Michael J.
Orwig, David A.
Ostertag, Rebecca
Papathanassiou, Konstantinos Panagiotis
Parker, Geoffrey G.
Pérez, Rolando
Perfecto, Ivette
Phillips, Richard P.
Pongpattananurak, Nantachai
Pretzsch, Hans
Ren, Haibo
Reynolds, Glen
Rodriguez, Lillian Jennifer V.
Russo, Sabrina E.
Sack, Lawren
Sang, Weiguo
Shue, Jessica
Singh, Anudeep
Song, Guo Zhang Michael
Sukumar, Raman
Sun, I. Fang
Suresh, Hebbalalu Satyanarayana
Swenson, Nathan G.
Tan, Sylvester Kheng San
Thomas, Sean C.
Thomas, Duncan W.
Thompson, Jill
Turner, Benjamin L.
Uowolo, Amanda L.
Uríarte, Maŕia Teresa
Renato, Valencia,
Vandermeer, John H.
Vicentini, Alberto
Visser, Marco D.
Vrška, Tomáš
Wang, Xugao
Wang, Xihua
Weiblen, George D.
Whitfeld, Timothy J.S.
Wolf, Amy T.
Joseph, Wright, S.
Xu, Han
Yao, Tze Leong
Yap, Sandra L.
Ye, Wanhui
Yu, Mingjian
Zhang, Minhua
Zhu, Daoguang
Zhu, Li
Zimmerman, Jess K.
Zuleta, Daniel
Issue Date: 2021
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Biological Conservation
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 253
Abstract: ForestGEO is a network of scientists and long-term forest dynamics plots (FDPs) spanning the Earth's major forest types. ForestGEO's mission is to advance understanding of the diversity and dynamics of forests and to strengthen global capacity for forest science research. ForestGEO is unique among forest plot networks in its large-scale plot dimensions, censusing of all stems ≥1 cm in diameter, inclusion of tropical, temperate and boreal forests, and investigation of additional biotic (e.g., arthropods) and abiotic (e.g., soils) drivers, which together provide a holistic view of forest functioning. The 71 FDPs in 27 countries include approximately 7.33 million living trees and about 12,000 species, representing 20% of the world's known tree diversity. With >1300 published papers, ForestGEO researchers have made significant contributions in two fundamental areas: species coexistence and diversity, and ecosystem functioning. Specifically, defining the major biotic and abiotic controls on the distribution and coexistence of species and functional types and on variation in species' demography has led to improved understanding of how the multiple dimensions of forest diversity are structured across space and time and how this diversity relates to the processes controlling the role of forests in the Earth system. Nevertheless, knowledge gaps remain that impede our ability to predict how forest diversity and function will respond to climate change and other stressors. Meeting these global research challenges requires major advances in standardizing taxonomy of tropical species, resolving the main drivers of forest dynamics, and integrating plot-based ground and remote sensing observations to scale up estimates of forest diversity and function, coupled with improved predictive models. However, they cannot be met without greater financial commitment to sustain the long-term research of ForestGEO and other forest plot networks, greatly expanded scientific capacity across the world's forested nations, and increased collaboration and integration among research networks and disciplines addressing forest science. © 2020
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108907
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