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The Kosñipata Valley, Manu National Park, hosts the biggest carbon cycling analysis on an elevational transect to date.

The slopes of the eastern Andes harbour the most dynamic and ecologically diverse ecosystems in South America, with some of the greatest biodiversity on earth and a high proportion of endemic species.

Tropical montane forests (TMF) are amongst the most fascinating yet least studied of terrestrial ecosystems. They combine some of the attributes of temperate forests (low mean annual temperature) with those of lowland tropical forests (lack of temperature seasonality), and thereby present an unexplored frontier and important test of our understanding of climatic controls on ecosystem carbon cycling.

Andes Biodiversity Ecosystems Research Group [darwin.winston.wfu.edu/andes/], lead by Y. Malhi, P. Meir, M. Silman, M. New and Y. A. Teh established a number of permanent plots in the Kosñipata Valley, along the Trocha Union (3500–1855 m), Wayquecha (3025 m) and San Pedro (1500 – 1800 m), as well as two plots in the Tono valley (1000 – 1500 m). The transect extends to lowland Amazonia, where two one hectare permanent plots were established in 2004 by Aragão et al. in the Tambopata biosphere reserve (194 - 210 m).

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Uploaded 6 Feb 2014 by Cécile Girardin. Copyright © 2020.

Congratulations to the GEM team (Chris, Yadvinder & Liana) who co-authored a paper in Nature this week (cover story):

"The paper answers a long-standing question about the net carbon balance of the Amazon forest. It uses aircraft flights throughout the year at four different locations to measure the change in carbon dioxide concentration if air as it passes over the Amazon Basin. The study shows that in wet years and wet seasons the Amazon is a net sink (i.e. absorbs carbon) from the atmosphere, but in dry years and dry seasons it is carbon neutral or a source of carbon. Our main contribution in Oxford was to provide insight from our RAINFOR-GEM intensive monitoring plots across Amazonia, which suggest that the loss of the carbon sink was caused by a reduction in photosynthesis." (Y. Malhi blog, Feb 2014)

Gatti L.V., M. Gloor, J. B. Miller, C. E. Doughty, Y. Malhi, L. G. Domingues, L. S. Basso, A. Martinewski, C. S. C. Correia, V. F. Borges, S. Freitas, R. Braz, L. O. Anderson, H. Rocha, J. Grace, O. L. Phillips & J. Lloyd Drought sensitivity of Amazonian carbon balance revealed by atmospheric measurements, Nature 506, 76–80. Supplementary Info

Download the paper from here: http://is.gd/WZmcSs

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  • CHAMBASA: challenging attempt to measure biotic attributes along the slope of the AndesUnderstanding the carbon cycle of Andean ForestsKosnipata

    Message from William Farfan Rios (from Trocha Union):
    "I'm sending you some pictures of the new platform that we built in Trocha Union in the campsite close to the plot TRU-04. It was built with the effort and sweat of the UNSAAC students, some local people and the Chambasa. People who knows the place will appreciate this effort. Now this wonderful place will be even more beautiful to work, camp and enjoy the Nature.
    This infrastructure was possible thanks to Miles and Yadvinder's support."

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  • Wayqecha

    Photos from Wayqecha (3000 m) and Esperanza (2850 m).

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  • Kosnipata

    Dear Yadvinder

    Alex, Carlitos, Rudi, Flor, Jenifer and Jefferson finished installing a one-hectare plot in treeline between Acjanaco and Tres Cruces of the National Park of Manu.
    The elevation is 3500 m (0, 0) and its coordinate are 13º 08' 50.7"S, 71º 37' 57.6" W.

    Here are some photos of the one hectare plot.

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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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    Georgia Pickavance

    I am a Database Assistant, supporting the tropical forest database ForestPlots.net and associated research projects RAINFOR, Afritron and T-FORCES. I am studying for a Masters in GIS alongside my research...

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    Gregory Asner

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    Cécile Girardin

    I coordinate carbon cycling data for the GEM network. I am an ecosystems scientist focussing on carbon dynamics of tropical forest ecosystems. Following my PhD at Oxford University School of...

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    Greg Goldsmith

    I am a tropical plant physiological ecologist with a particular interest in plant-water relations. My doctoral research, based at the University of California, Berkeley, focused on the impacts of drought...

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    Sandra Diaz

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    Norma Salinas

    I am a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Oxford. I am working with plant traits along altitudinal gradients in tropical forests. My research involve many aspects of tropical...

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    Oliver Phillips

    My long-term research goal is to understand the dynamics of carbon and biodiversity across the world’s tropical forests, how these change with our changing climate, and how they may feedback...

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