Berenguer, E.; Rossi, L. C.; Seixas, M.M.M.; Barlow, J.

Litterfall production in human-modified forests of Eastern Amazonia

This dataset includes measurements of litter in 20 plots (250 x 10 m each) in the Brazilian Amazon. Study plots were distributed across a gradient of forest disturbance, including: undisturbed primary forests , logged primary forests, logged-and-burned primary forests, and secondary forests. Data were collected from January 2015 until October 2018. In December 2015, during the El Niño-mediated drought, eight of our study plots were affected by understory fires.

Publication date: 2019-02-01

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This dataset will be available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Berenguer, E.; Rossi, L. C.; Seixas, M.M.M.; Barlow, J. (2019). Litterfall production in human-modified forests of Eastern Amazonia. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Study area
Temporal extent
2015-01-01    to    2018-10-31

Provenance & quality

We sampled litter in 20 study plots (0.25ha) distributed along a gradient of forest disturbance in Eastern Amazonia: undisturbed primary forests (n = 5), logged primary forests (n = 5), logged-and-burned primary forests (n = 5), and secondary forests (n = 5). Forest disturbance classes were based on both an analysis of canopy disturbance in a chronosequence of satellite images (1988 to 2010) and on field assessments of fire scars, charcoal, and logging debris.

Six litterfall traps (50 x 50 cm; 0.25 m2) were installed in each plot, spaced 50 m apart. Traps were placed 1.20 m above the ground. Trap contents at each site were collected every two weeks. All samples were taken to the field lab and separated into six parts – leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, wood, and rest (i.e. non-identifiable parts). Samples were then oven-dried at 80oC for 3 days before being and weighed to the nearest 0.01 g.

Correspondence/contact details

Erika Berenguer
Lancaster University


Berenguer, E.
Lancaster University
Rossi, L. C.
Universidade Estadual Paulista
Seixas, M.M.M.
Barlow, J.
Lancaster University

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Brazilian Amazon,  Forest ecology,  Forest fire,  Litterfall
Natural Environment Research Council
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
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