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SECO aims to develop a network of 12-20 supersites across the dry tropics where we obtain in-depth data on different components of the carbon cycle, as well as other aspects of the tree flora and the ecosystem.
SECO Supersites will be used to:
Quantify woody plant community dynamics, i.e. rates of tree mortality and recruitment, rates of woody biomass accumulation and growth patterns of individual trees
Provide point estimates of above-ground biomass
Understand the taxonomic and phylogenetic composition of woody plant communities
SECO also aims to generate data on the herbaceous understory, soil, disturbance history, leaf functional traits, and phenology of each supersite.
SECO envisions the supersites will have utility beyond the lifetime of the project and will be the basis for future research endeavours and grant applications.