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French Guiana: Nourages

  • November 2008
French Guiana: Nourages

A nine-nation team returned to the Nouragues research site, French Guiana in north eastern Amazonia to recensus 22 1-ha plots established in 1992. Ted Feldpausch (University of Leeds, UK & USA), Lilian Blanc (CIRAD, French Guiana), Jérôme Chave (CNRS, France) and Abel Monteagudo (Jardín Botánico de Missouri, Peru) led the work which now becomes one of the largest publicly available tree inventories in the internet-based Forest Plots database under the RAINFOR-Moore project, with more than 13,000 trees measured during the seven week trip. RAINFOR participants from Brasil, Suriname, UK, Spain, France and Switzerland, including two M.Sc. students and one Ph.D. student, helped to complete the large-scale inventory. The work helps to fill a void in long-term datasets for NE Amazonia and also provides an important contrast to the coastal sites at Paracou, French Guiana, with the two Nouragues sites, the Grand and Petit Plateau, positioned on contrasting weathered granite sandy soils and clayey iron-rich soils. Soil was sampled in 3 of the Grand and 3 of the Petit Plateau plots by RAINFOR team members from INPA, Brazil.