Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome

Martin J. P. Sullivan 1, * Joey Talbot 1 Simon L. Lewis 1, 2 Oliver L. Phillips 1 Lan Qie 1 Serge K. Begne 1, 3 Jerôme Chave 4, 5, 6 Aida Cuni-Sanchez 2 Wannes Hubau 1 Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez 1 Lera Miles 7 Abel Monteagudo-Mendoza 8, 9 Bonaventure Sonké 3 Terry Sunderland 10, 11 Hans ter Steege 12 Lee J. T. White 13, 14 Kofi Affum-Baffoe 15 Shin-Ichiro Aiba 16 Everton Cristo de Almeida 17 Edmar Almeida de Oliveira 18 Patricia Alvarez-Loayza 19 Esteban Álvarez Dávila 20 Ana Andrade 6 Luiz E. O. C. Aragão 21 Peter Ashton 22 Gerardo A. Aymard C. 23 Timothy R. Baker 1 Michael Balinga 10 Lindsay F. Banin 24 Christopher Baraloto 25 Jean-Francois Bastin 26, 27 Nicholas Berry 28 Jan Bogaert 29, 30 Damien Bonal 31 Frans Bongers 32 Roel Brienen 1 José Luís C. Camargo 33 Carlos Cerón 34 Victor Chama Moscoso 9 Eric Chezeaux 35 Connie J. Clark 36 Álvaro Cogollo Pacheco 37 James A. Comiskey 38, 39 Fernando Cornejo Valverde 40 Eurídice N. Honorio Coronado 41 Greta Dargie 1 Stuart J. Davies 42 Charles de Canniere 43 Marie Noel Djuikouo K. 44 Jean-Louis Doucet 45, 30 Terry L. Erwin 39 Javier Silva Espejo 9 Corneille E. N. Ewango 46, 47 Sophie Fauset 1, 48 Ted R. Feldpausch 21 Rafael Herrera 49, 50 Martin Gilpin 1 Emanuel Gloor 1 Jefferson S. Hall 42 David J. Harris 51 Terese B. Hart 52, 53 Kuswata Kartawinata 54, 55 Lip Khoon Kho 56 Kanehiro Kitayama 57 Susan G. W. Laurance 58, 59 William F. Laurance 58, 59 Miguel E. Leal 46 Thomas Lovejoy 60 Jon C. Lovett 1 Faustin Mpanya Lukasu 61 Jean-Remy Makana 41 Yadvinder Malhi 62 Leandro Maracahipes 63 Beatriz S. Marimon 18 Ben Hur Marimon Junior 18 Andrew R. Marshall 64, 65 Paulo S. Morandi 18 John Tshibamba Mukendi 61 Jaques Mukinzi 52, 66 Reuben Nilus 67 Percy Núñez Vargas 9 Nadir C. Pallqui Camacho 9 Guido Pardo 68 Marielos Peña-Claros 32, 69 Pascal Pétronelli 70 Georgia C. Pickavance 1 Axel Dalberg Poulsen 71 John R. Poulsen 72 Richard B. Primack Hari Priyadi 10, 73 Carlos A. Quesada 6 Jan Reitsma 74 Maxime Réjou-Méchain 4, 5 Zorayda Restrepo 75 Ervan Rutishauser 76 Kamariah Abu Salim 77 Rafael P. Salomão 78 Ismayadi Samsoedin 79 Douglas Sheil 10, 80 Rodrigo Sierra 81 Marcos Silveira 82 J. W. Ferry Slik 76 Lisa Steel 83 Hermann Taedoumg 3 Sylvester Tan 84 John W. Terborgh 72 Sean C. Thomas 85 Marisol Toledo 69 Peter M. Umunay 86 Luis Valenzuela Gamarra 8 Ima Célia Guimarães Vieira 78 Vincent A. Vos 68, 87 Ophelia Wang 88 Simon Willcock 89, 90 Lise Zemagho 3
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Abstract : 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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Martin J. P. Sullivan, Joey Talbot, Simon L. Lewis, Oliver L. Phillips, Lan Qie, et al.. Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2017, 7, pp.39102. ⟨10.1038/srep39102⟩. ⟨hal-01594863⟩

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