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Global forest monitoring

The major contribution of the Ecology and Global Change research cluster over the last 15 years has been the development of a unique research portfolio related to understanding the current trajectory of tropical biomes. These ecosystems play vital roles in regulating global biogeochemical cycles and the international networks established and led by researchers within the EGC cluster bring together large-scale, field-based observations, modelling and remote sensing approaches to understand their sensitivity to environmental change. Findings from these initiatives have informed reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and been widely reported in the international media.

The key projects comprise the RAINFOR and AfriTRON networks that focus on the dynamics of intact forest in Amazonia and Africa respectively, TROBIT, which aims to understand the processes underlying forest/savanna transitions across the globe and AMAZONICA which aims to provide an integrated understanding of the carbon balance of Amazonia. Underpinning much of this work is the ForestPlots database: a unique online resource for the management of vegetation data from the tropics. These projects have been funded by a wide range of agencies including the Moore Foundation, NERC, The Royal Society and the European Union.

For more information about the projects please visit the official project websites: