Amazon Forest Inventory Network

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Ecuador

  • June - August 2010
Ecuador

A seven weeks’ field campaign was conducted between the end of June and beginning of August to remeasure eight permanent sample plots in the wet lowland rainforest of Ecuador. A team, consisting of Roel Brienen, Abel Monteagudo, Antonio Peña-Cruz, Euridice Honorio and 4 Ecuadorian students first set off to remeasure 4 plots within the protected area of Jatun Sacha. These plots are located on the Andean foothills and have very fertile soils. These are one of the most dynamic forests within the RAINFOR network. After finishing remeasurements and botanical collections of the Jatun Sacha plots, Roel and Euridice returned to Quito, while the others moved to the protected reserve of Yasuni. Here, the team remeasured two of the longest plots of the RAINFOR network; the Bogi transects which are 1 km long strips of 10 meter wide. They also successfully located a floodplain plot which was installed in 1997 by Nigel Pitman on the bank of the River Tiputini, and will now be added to the RAINFOR database. Finally, the team proceeded to the Tiputini biological station where two more plots were remeasured. The Ecuadorian forests are amongst the most diverse on earth with an average of ca. 240 species per hectare. Overall, the campaign has been a great success with nearly 5.000 recordings of tree diameters, mortality and recruitment, and over 1100 botanical specimens collected.