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The Forest Ecosystems Observatory in Guadeloupe (FWI)

Guy Van Laere1,Yolande Gall2, and Alain Rousteau3,*

1Parc National de Guadeloupe, Montéran, 97120 Saint Claude, Guadeloupe, France. 2Office National des Forêts, Jardin Botanique, 97100 Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, France. 3Faculté des Sciences, Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, 97159 Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe, France. *Corresponding author.

Caribbean Naturalist, Special Issue No. 1 (2016)

Between 2010 and 2012, Parc National de la Guadeloupe, Office National des Forêts, and Université des Antilles et de la Guyane established 9 permanent 1-ha plots in tropical rain forest of Basse-Terre Island (Guadeloupe). These plots comprise the Guadeloupian Forest Observatory, and are specifically designed for long-term tree-growth measurements and forest-dynamics surveys. We marked more than 8000 trees with a diameter at breast height >10 cm and equipped them with tape dendrometers for measurement at 5-y intervals. We describe our field protocols for plot establishment and tree-growth data collection, and present preliminary results from analyses of the first data recorded in these plots.

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