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. https://doi.org/10.5285/d01084b2-c3b1-4187-b2e7-b0827c738855

 

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Where/When

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
erikaberenguer@gmail.com

Authors

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

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84

Tags

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
Brazilian Amazon,  Forest ecology,  Forest fire,  Litterfall