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Kogyae Strict Wildlife Reserve

The Kogyae Strict Wildlife Reserve measures approximately 390 square kilometers and stretches along the Afram Plains of Ghana - a wide expanse of flat arable land. Geographically, this area separates the southern forests of Ghana from the northern savanna regions and is in the heart of the forest-savanna transition zone.

The Kogyae site has three one hectare plots in a woodland savanna, within the forest-savanna transition zone. They are currently the most northerly plots in Africa and are at the dry end of the wet-dry transition in Ghana, experiencing approximately 1200-1300 mm average annual rainfall.

Within the site, a flux tower is in the process of being constructed, which will be operated by the Universities of Oxford and Wageningen under the EU Geocarbon project. All three plots fall within the footprint of the tower.

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Uploaded 22 Jan 2015 by Sam Moore. Copyright © 2017.

A few snaps from our recent soil sampling campaigns in Ghana and Gabon late last year (2014). Nutrient samples were collected from cores and bulk density samples from soil pits at regular depth intervals down to 2 meters. All samples are now either in transit, or in the Leeds University soil labs for analysis, following the Rainfor standard protocols which will enable pan-tropical comparisons. Detailed soil profiles were also taken from each soil pit, of which we had 2 at each of our 3 field sites in Ghana and 3 field sites in Gabon. A huge thank you to both the Ghana and Gabon field teams for all the hard work!

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    Yadvinder Malhi

    I am Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University.
    I lead the Ecosystems Programme at the Environmental Change Institute, with a focus of understanding the functioning of tropical forests and...

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    Sam Moore

    I am a Post-doc at the University of Oxford, School of Geography and the Environment, Environmental Change Institute and I am currently implementing studies of carbon allocation and cycling at...

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    Akwasi Duah-Gyamfi

    I am a Research Scientist with the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) with particular interest in the role of tropical forests in global carbon cycle/budget as well as population...

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