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author = {Zhang-Zheng, H and Adu-Bredu, S and Duah-Gyamfi, A and Moore, S and Addo-Danso, S and Amissah, L and Valentini, R and Djagbletey, G and Anum-Adjei, K and Quansah, J and Sarpong, B and Owusu-Afriyie, K and Gvozdevaite, A and Tang, M and Ruiz-Jaen, M and Ibrahim, F and Girardin, C and Rifai, S and Dahlsjo, C and Riutta, T and Deng, X and Sun, Y and Prentice, IC and Oliveras, Menor I and Malhi, Y},
doi = {10.1038/s41467-024-47202-x},
journal = {Nature Communications},
title = {Contrasting carbon cycle along tropical forest aridity gradients in West Africa and Amazonia},
url = {},
volume = {15},
year = {2024}

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AB - Tropical forests cover large areas of equatorial Africa and play a substantial role in the global carbon cycle. However, there has been a lack of biometric measurements to understand the forests’ gross and net primary productivity (GPP, NPP) and their allocation. Here we present a detailed field assessment of the carbon budget of multiple forest sites in Africa, by monitoring 14 one-hectare plots along an aridity gradient in Ghana, West Africa. When compared with an equivalent aridity gradient in Amazonia, the studied West African forests generally had higher productivity and lower carbon use efficiency (CUE). The West African aridity gradient consistently shows the highest NPP, CUE, GPP, and autotrophic respiration at a medium-aridity site, Bobiri. Notably, NPP and GPP of the site are the highest yet reported anywhere for intact forests. Widely used data products substantially underestimate productivity when compared to biometric measurements in Amazonia and Africa. Our analysis suggests that the high productivity of the African forests is linked to their large GPP allocation to canopy and semi-deciduous characteristics.
AU - Zhang-Zheng,H
AU - Adu-Bredu,S
AU - Duah-Gyamfi,A
AU - Moore,S
AU - Addo-Danso,S
AU - Amissah,L
AU - Valentini,R
AU - Djagbletey,G
AU - Anum-Adjei,K
AU - Quansah,J
AU - Sarpong,B
AU - Owusu-Afriyie,K
AU - Gvozdevaite,A
AU - Tang,M
AU - Ruiz-Jaen,M
AU - Ibrahim,F
AU - Girardin,C
AU - Rifai,S
AU - Dahlsjo,C
AU - Riutta,T
AU - Deng,X
AU - Sun,Y
AU - Prentice,IC
AU - Oliveras,Menor I
AU - Malhi,Y
DO - 10.1038/s41467-024-47202-x
PY - 2024///
SN - 2041-1723
TI - Contrasting carbon cycle along tropical forest aridity gradients in West Africa and Amazonia
T2 - Nature Communications
UR -
UR -
UR -
VL - 15
ER -