Methodology

Coarse litter fall

Coarse litter is defined as all woody material over 2 cm diameter. Standing dead wood material should not be counted (this is separately quantified in the estimation of stem biomass, growth & mortality).

Coarse litter data is collected from four 1 X 100 meter long transects within the plot. All the dead wood pieces over 2 cm diameter which intersect with the edge of the transect are cut and only wood pieces from within the transect are recorded and collected. Diameter (cm) and length (cm) of all wood pieces are recorded into three categories (2-5 cm, 5-10cm, >10cm). Only pieces small enough to carry are collected.

Particularly large samples of dead wood (which cannot be easily lifted) are marked with marker tape.

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Uploaded 26 Mar 2013 by Sam Moore. Copyright © 2017.

Hi All,

I've just returned from a month in Gabon and am very happy to report that all 6 plots (2 in each of the 3 sites) are now fully installed and March/April will be the first month where all measurements are taken simultaneously within all plots. All three sites now have a team of 2 people working on data collection and analysis. During Yadvinder’s week-long stay, we visited all sites and completed installation of all under- and above-canopy weather stations at the same time as successfully dodging charging elephants. I’ve uploaded some photos from this trip – enjoy!

Best,
Sam

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