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Author (up) Wagner, F.; Rutishauser, E.; Blanc, L.; Herault, B. openurl 
  Title Effects of Plot Size and Census Interval on Descriptors of Forest Structure and Dynamics Type Journal Article
  Year 2010 Publication Biotropica Abbreviated Journal Biotropica  
  Volume 42 Issue 6 Pages 664-671  
  Keywords Amazonia; biomass fluxes; coefficient of variation; forest permanent plots; turnover rates; WinBUGS  
  Abstract This study was designed to explicitly formulate the effect of census interval and plot size on the variability of descriptors of tropical forest structure (stand density, basal area, aboveground biomass [AGB]) and dynamic (tree growth, mortality and recruitment rates, biomass fluxes). A unique dataset from a broad plot network (37.5 ha) surveyed every 2 yr over a 16-yr period was used to develop and parameterize a new statistical model predicting the coefficients of variation for each forest descriptor. More than 90 percent of the inherent variability of these coefficients was predicted using a simple model including plot size and census interval in a Bayesian modeling framework. All descriptors of forest structure varied by <10 percent for plot sizes 42 ha. Among the descriptors of forest dynamics, AGB loss was the most variable. The number of 6.25 ha plots required to estimate its mean, over a 16-yr period, within a 20 percent error of the mean remains above four. This contrasts with a relative constant flux of biomass entering the plot through tree growth and tree recruitment. Tree growth was remarkably well estimated with <15 percent variability for a 2-yr census in a plot of 2 ha. This study provides an easy method to assess dataset limitations in efforts to estimate descriptors of forest structure and dynamic, which is of primary importance to decipher any clear consequences of global change in tropical forests.  
  Address [Wagner, Fabien; Herault, Bruno] Univ Antilles Guyane, UMR Ecol Forets Guyane, Kourou 97379, French Guiana, Email:  
  Corporate Author Thesis  
  Publisher WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC Place of Publication Editor  
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  ISSN 0006-3606 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes ISI:000283949700006 Approved no  
  Call Number EcoFoG @ eric.marcon @ Serial 16  
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