A map of African humid tropical forest aboveground biomass derived from management inventories

Ploton Pierre, Mortier Frédéric, Barbier Nicolas, Cornu Guillaume, Rejou-Mechain Maxime, Rossi Vivien, Alonso Alfonso, Bastin Jean-François, Bayol Nicolas, Bénédet Fabrice, Bissiengou Pulcherie, Chuyong George B., Demarquez Benoit, Doucet Jean-Louis, Droissart Vincent, Kamdem Narcisse Guy, Kenfack David, Memiaghe Herve R., Moses Libalah, Sonké Bonaventure, Texier Nicolas, Thomas Duncan, Zebaze Donatien, Pélissier Raphaël, Gourlet-Fleury Sylvie. 2020. A map of African humid tropical forest aboveground biomass derived from management inventories. Scientific Data, 7:221, 13 p.

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Abstract : Forest biomass is key in Earth carbon cycle and climate system, and thus under intense scrutiny in the context of international climate change mitigation initiatives (e.g. REDD+). In tropical forests, the spatial distribution of aboveground biomass (AGB) remains, however, highly uncertain. There is increasing recognition that progress is strongly limited by the lack of field observations over large and remote areas. Here, we introduce the Congo basin Forests AGB (CoFor-AGB) dataset that contains AGB estimations and associated uncertainty for 59,857 1-km pixels aggregated from nearly 100,000 ha of in situ forest management inventories for the 2000 – early 2010s period in five central African countries. A comprehensive error propagation scheme suggests that the uncertainty on AGB estimations derived from c. 0.5-ha inventory plots (8.6–15.0%) is only moderately higher than the error obtained from scientific sampling plots (8.3%). CoFor-AGB provides the first large scale view of forest AGB spatial variation from field data in central Africa, the second largest continuous tropical forest domain of the world.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Forêt tropicale humide, Cartographie, biomasse aérienne des arbres, Inventaire forestier, Biomasse

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique centrale

Mots-clés libres : Forest biomass, Forest inventory, Biomass spatial pattern, Biomass estimates, Central African rainforests

Classification Agris : K01 - Forestry - General aspects
U30 - Research methods

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 1 (2019-) - Biodiversité

Agence(s) de financement européenne(s) : European Commission

Programme de financement européen : H2020

Projet(s) de financement européen(s) : ERA-NET for Monitoring and Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases from Agri- and Silvi-Culture

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Ploton Pierre, IRD (FRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Mortier Frédéric, CIRAD-ES-UPR Forêts et sociétés (FRA)
  • Barbier Nicolas, IRD (FRA)
  • Cornu Guillaume, CIRAD-ES-UPR Forêts et sociétés (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-7523-5176
  • Rejou-Mechain Maxime, IRD (FRA)
  • Rossi Vivien, CIRAD-ES-UPR Forêts et sociétés (CMR) ORCID: 0000-0001-5458-1523
  • Alonso Alfonso, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (USA)
  • Bastin Jean-François, University of Ghent (BEL)
  • Bayol Nicolas, FRM ingénierie (FRA)
  • Bénédet Fabrice, CIRAD-ES-UPR Forêts et sociétés (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0001-9281-5677
  • Bissiengou Pulcherie, Herbier national du Gabon (GAB)
  • Chuyong George B., Université de Buéa (CMR)
  • Demarquez Benoit, TEREA (GAB)
  • Doucet Jean-Louis, AgroParisTech (BEL)
  • Droissart Vincent, IRD (FRA)
  • Kamdem Narcisse Guy, University of Yaounde 1 (CMR)
  • Kenfack David, STRI (USA)
  • Memiaghe Herve R., CENAREST (GAB)
  • Moses Libalah, University of Yaounde 1 (CMR)
  • Sonké Bonaventure, Université de Yaoundé (CMR)
  • Texier Nicolas, University of Yaounde 1 (CMR)
  • Thomas Duncan, Washington State University (USA)
  • Zebaze Donatien, Université de Yaoundé (CMR)
  • Pélissier Raphaël, IRD (FRA)
  • Gourlet-Fleury Sylvie, CIRAD-ES-UPR Forêts et sociétés (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-1136-4307

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