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Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome

Sullivan, MJP and Talbot, J and Lewis, SL and Phillips, OL and Qie, L and Begne, SK and Chave, J and Cuni-Sanchez, A and Hubau, W and Lopez-Gonzalez, G and Miles, L and Monteagudo-Mendoza, A and Sonké, B and Sunderland, T and Ter Steege, H and White, LJT and Affum-Baffoe, K and Aiba, SI and De Almeida, EC and De Oliveira, EA and Alvarez-Loayza, P and Dávila, EÁ and Andrade, A and Aragão, LEOC and Ashton, P and Aymard, GA and Baker, TR and Balinga, M and Banin, LF and Baraloto, C and Bastin, JF and Berry, N and Bogaert, J and Bonal, D and Bongers, F and Brienen, R and Camargo, JLC and Cerón, C and Moscoso, VC and Chezeaux, E and Clark, CJ and Pacheco, ÁC and Comiskey, JA and Valverde, FC and Coronado, ENH and Dargie, G and Davies, SJ and De Canniere, C and Djuikouo, MN and Doucet, JL and Erwin, TL and Espejo, JS and Ewango, CEN and Fauset, S and Feldpausch, TR and Herrera, R and Gilpin, M and Gloor, E and Hall, JS and Harris, DJ and Hart, TB and Kartawinata, K and Kho, LK and Kitayama, K and Laurance, SGW and Laurance, WF and Leal, ME and Lovejoy, T and Lovett, JC and Lukasu, FM and Makana, JR and Malhi, Y and Maracahipes, L and Marimon, BS and Junior, BHM and Marshall, AR and Morandi, PS and Mukendi, JT and Mukinzi, J and Nilus, R and Vargas, PN and Camacho, NCP and Pardo, G and Peña-Claros, M and Pétronelli, P and Pickavance, GC and Poulsen, AD and Poulsen, JR and Primack, RB and Priyadi, H and Quesada, CA and Reitsma, J and Réjou-Méchain, M and Restrepo, Z and Rutishauser, E and Salim, KA and Salomão, RP and Samsoedin, I and Sheil, D and Sierra, R (2017) Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome. Scientific Reports, 7. p. 39102.

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Abstract

© The Author(s) 2017. Tropical forests are global centres of biodiversity and carbon storage. Many tropical countries aspire to protect forest to fulfil biodiversity and climate mitigation policy targets, but the conservation strategies needed to achieve these two functions depend critically on the tropical forest tree diversity-carbon storage relationship. Assessing this relationship is challenging due to the scarcity of inventories where carbon stocks in aboveground biomass and species identifications have been simultaneously and robustly quantified. Here, we compile a unique pan-Tropical dataset of 360 plots located in structurally intact old-growth closed-canopy forest, surveyed using standardised methods, allowing a multi-scale evaluation of diversity-carbon relationships in tropical forests. Diversity-carbon relationships among all plots at 1 ha scale across the tropics are absent, and within continents are either weak (Asia) or absent (Amazonia, Africa). A weak positive relationship is detectable within 1 ha plots, indicating that diversity effects in tropical forests may be scale dependent. The absence of clear diversity-carbon relationships at scales relevant to conservation planning means that carbon-centred conservation strategies will inevitably miss many high diversity ecosystems. As tropical forests can have any combination of tree diversity and carbon stocks both require explicit consideration when optimising policies to manage tropical carbon and biodiversity.

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