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Impacts of natural and antropogenic disturbances of Belizean forests carbon cycle.

This project is focused on the impacts of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on forest carbon cycling and tree diversity using 1-hectare permanent plots in Belize. It investigates the carbon footprint of large-scale hurricane disturbance, and the interaction with fire. These permanent plots also have historical and recent logging footprint. The sites are run by Percival Cho, who is investigating the effects of interacting hurricane, logging and fire disturbance on the dynamics of Belizean forests.

Where are we working?

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Photos and images

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Uploaded 2 Jun 2015 by Beisit Luz Puma Vilca. Copyright © 2017.

Here some photos of our campaign to establish permanent plots in Belize last month (May 2015).
Fernando Hancco and I shared the task of setting up intensive Carbon monitoring plots, installing ingrowth cores experiment for fine roots, litterfall traps, total and component soil CO2 efflux, stem respiration, coarse woody debris survey, and others, in accordance with the RAINFOR- GEM Field Manual V3.0.

Currently, the Belize team is still setting up four plots, two in Las Cuevas Forest Research- Chiquibul Forest and two in Hill Bank.

Our gratitude to Percival Cho, Lewis Usher, Shanelly Carrillo and Rudy Balan for their warm welcome, cordiality and motivation.

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    Yadvinder Malhi

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    Beisit Luz Puma Vilca

    I'm a Biologist , I followed my degree at the National University of San Antonio Abad del Cusco - Perú. I focus on plant physiology and cell metabolism.