African Tropical Rainforest Observation Network

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  • Likouala

    Field team, Likouala, Congo Brazaville (photo: Greta Dargie 2017)
    • February - March 2017
    • Congo Brazzaville

    During February and March 2017, University of Leeds post-doctoral assistant Greta Dargie and Université Marien Ngouabe student Louvoundou Lisa travelled to the Likouala Department in the north of the Republic of Congo to remeasure forest...

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  • Nouabale-Ndoki National Park

    Field team Nouabale Ndoki, Congo Brazzaville, 2017 (photo: Aida Cuni Sanchez)
    • January - April 2017
    • Congo Brazzaville

    Between January and April 2017, a team lead by Dr Cuni-Sanchez has been re-measuring permanent forest plots in northern Congo as part of a much wider forest re-census aimed at studying the effects of the 2015-2016 El Niño Event on...

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  • Liberia

    Field team, Grebo National Forest, Liberia (photo: Amy Bennett 2016)
    • November - December 2016

    On an expedition to recensus eight long-term forest plots, University of Leeds PhD student Amy Bennett travelled to Liberia in November.  Trained in the field by Simon Lewis, they led an experienced team which spent 7 weeks assessing the...

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  • Gabon

    Sunrise at Langouecamp, Gabon (photo: Greta Dargie 2016)
    • October - December 2016

    From the end of October to the end of December 2016 a team, comprised of UCL postdoctoral assistant, Greta Dargie and several members of the Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationale scientific research team, travelled around Gabon remeasuring...

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  • Kenya

    Northern Kenya tropical montane forest (photo: Aida Cuni Sanchez 2015)
    • October - November 2015

    Dr Cuni-Sanchez visited three unknown Tropical Montane Forests (TMF) in northern Kenya (Mt Nyiro, Mt Kulal and Mt Marsabit) to set up 24 0.2 ha permanent plots. TMF can store large quantities of Carbon but they have been poorly studied,...

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  • Salonga National Park

    Salonga National Park, DRC (photo: Simon Lewis 2014)
    • July - September 2014
    • DRC

    Simon Lewis and Wannes Hubau led a team to measure a second census of 9 primary forest plots in Salonga National Park, DRC. This mission was supported by the ERC Advanced Grant ‘Tropical Forests in the Changing Earth System’...

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  • Sette-Cama, Moukalaba-Doudou, Haut Abanga

    getting to Sette-Cama (photo: Aida Cuni Sanchez 2014)
    • January - April 2014
    • Gabon

    After fattening up during Christmas Dr Cuni Sanchez and her team continue the field work. They go south-west, to sample 3 plots. Two small transects of costal forest in Sette-Cama, a small fishing village, and one in the National Park of...

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  • Dadieso

    Taking a core in DAD-03 with FC ranger Yaw Nkrumah (photo: Wannes Hubau 2013)
    • December - December 2013
    • Ghana

    The two DAD plots (DAD-03 and DAD-04) I visited are located in the Dadieso forest reserve, near the border with Ivory Coast. Villagers respect the reserve borders remarkably well, creating a very sharp distinction between plantations and forest...

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  • Cape Three Points

    field team for CAP-09 (photo: Wannes Hubau 2013)
    • December - December 2013
    • Ghana

    The two CAP plots (CAP-09 and CAP-10) I visited are located in the Cape Three Points forest reserve, near the Atlantic Coast. The village of Cape Three Points, just south of the reserve, is the southernmost point of Ghana. Similar as in...

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  • Asenayo

    Triplochiton scleroxylon logged in ASN-02
    • November - November 2013
    • Ghana

    Between November 8th and December 20th  I led a 4th census on 6 forestplots in Ghana, providing a 20-year multicensus data series spanning 1993-2001-2007-2013. The team composed of a car and driver (mr. Sampson Adonten) from the Forestry...

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  • Mitzik, Lope, Mondah, Ovan

    team at Lope National Park, Gabon (photo: Aida Cuni Sanchez 2013)
    • June - November 2013
    • Gabon

    Dr Cuni Sanchez and her team continue. First stop the north again, Mitzik area, a nice plot in an old Forestry Concession. The challenge? Find a machine large enough to clear the route. Second stop: Lope National Park in central Gabon, the most...

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  • Mounts de Cristal

    elephant at Ivindo National Park (photo: Aida Cuni Sanchez 2013)
    • March - April 2013
    • Gabon

    Dr Lewis and Dr Cuni Sanchez together with 2 Gabonese technicians re-sample two 1ha plots in the National Park of Mounts de Cristal, one of the wettest and richest (in species) mountains in Africa, not far from Libreville. As expected, it rains...

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  • Likouala

    Field team and their leader, Greta Dargie, looking for Peat, Rep. Congo (photo: Simon Lewis 2014)
    • January 2012 - May 2014
    • Republic of Congo

    Between January 2012 and May 2014 three field expeditions took place in the Likouala Department, in the north of the Republic of Congo, as part of the PhD project of University of Leeds student, Greta Dargie. The project aimed to determine...

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  • Ghana

    giant liana (photo: Sophie Fauset 2009)
    • January 2009 - April 2010

    Between January 2009 and December 2010 Sophie Fauset led over 9 months of fieldwork in the forests of Ghana. The work was carried out as part of the Afritron network, with funding from the Royal Society and in collaboration with the Forestry...

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