Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-1285-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-1285-2017
Research article
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15 Mar 2017
Research article |  | 15 Mar 2017

Carbon stocks and dynamics at different successional stages in an Afromontane tropical forest

Brigitte Nyirambangutse, Etienne Zibera, Félicien K. Uwizeye, Donat Nsabimana, Elias Bizuru, Håkan Pleijel, Johan Uddling, and Göran Wallin

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We investigated the carbon (C) stock and net primary production (NPP) of early (ES) and late successional (LS) forest stands in a tropical montane forest (TMF) in Africa. The total C stock was 35% larger in LS compared to ES stands due to larger tree biomass, while NPP was similar. The results highlight the importance of accounting for disturbance regimes and differences in wood density and allometry between ES and LS tree species when quantifying C stock and sink strength of TMF.
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