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Drought-induced shifts in the floristic and functional composition of tropical forests in Ghana

Overview of attention for article published in Ecology Letters, July 2012
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Title
Drought-induced shifts in the floristic and functional composition of tropical forests in Ghana
Published in
Ecology Letters, July 2012
DOI 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01834.x
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Authors

Sophie Fauset, Timothy R. Baker, Simon L. Lewis, Ted R. Feldpausch, Kofi Affum-Baffoe, Ernest G. Foli, Keith C. Hamer, Michael D. Swaine

Abstract

The future of tropical forests under global environmental change is uncertain, with biodiversity and carbon stocks at risk if precipitation regimes alter. Here, we assess changes in plant functional composition and biomass in 19 plots from a variety of forest types during two decades of long-term drought in Ghana. We find a consistent increase in dry forest, deciduous, canopy species with intermediate light demand and a concomitant decrease in wet forest, evergreen, sub-canopy and shade-tolerant species. These changes in composition are accompanied by an increase in above-ground biomass. Our results indicate that by altering composition in favour of drought-tolerant species, the biomass stocks of these forests may be more resilient to longer term drought than short-term studies of severe individual droughts suggest.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 8 2%
United Kingdom 4 1%
Brazil 4 1%
Germany 2 <1%
Ghana 1 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
Panama 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Other 5 2%
Unknown 299 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 83 25%
Researcher 73 22%
Student > Master 48 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 18 6%
Student > Bachelor 17 5%
Other 65 20%
Unknown 23 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 127 39%
Environmental Science 124 38%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 21 6%
Social Sciences 6 2%
Engineering 6 2%
Other 14 4%
Unknown 29 9%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 31. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 August 2019.
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#694,196
of 15,742,848 outputs
Outputs from Ecology Letters
#462
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#4,729
of 127,891 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Ecology Letters
#6
of 46 outputs
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