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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis , NCEAS 9762: Condit: NeotropicalTreeDistributions , Condit R , Gunatilleke C , and Gunatilleke I.
Condit et al.: Growth and Mortality of tropical tree species in Sinharaja, Sri Lanka
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Title:Condit et al.: Growth and Mortality of tropical tree species in Sinharaja, Sri Lanka
Growth and mortality rates were calculated for all tree species in the 25 hectare plot established in a lowland evergreen dipterocarp forest in the southwestern region of Sri Lanka, a UNESCO National World Heritage Site The plot was established in 1993 by the University of Peradeniya, the Forest Department of Sri Lanka, Harvard Institute of International Development, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. There is no marked dry season, with annual rainfall averaging 5000 mm. All trees greater than or equal to 1 cm diameter at breast height were measured and tagged during 1993-1996 and 2001-2002. Relative growth rates were calculated for each individual tree using log transformed diameters, annualized by the time interval between census measurements, then averaged within species. Outliers were excluded: stems that grew greater than 75 mm per year or shrunk more than 25% of their initial dbh. The mortality rate constants were calculated using the number of trees alive in the first census, number of survivors in the second census, averaged over the time interval.
  • growth rate
  • mortality rate
  • mixed dipterocarp forest
  • Sinharaja World Heritage Site
  • Center for Tropical Forest Science
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Data Table:Sinharaja Growth Rates ( View Metadata | Download File download)
Data Table:Sinharaja Mortality Rates ( View Metadata | Download File download)

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Data Set Creators:
Organization:National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Organization:NCEAS 9762: Condit: NeotropicalTreeDistributions
Individual:Dr. Richard Condit
Organization:Center for Tropical Forest Science
Email Address:
Individual:Dr. C.V.S. Gunatilleke
Organization:University of Peradeniya, Department of Botany, Faculty of Science
Position:Principal Investigator
Sri Lanka
Individual:Dr. I.A.U.N. Gunatilleke
Organization:University of Peradeniya
Sri Lanka
Data Set Contacts:
Individual:Dr. Richard Condit
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Associated Parties:
Individual: Shameema Esufali
Organization:University of Peradeniya

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Geographic Region:
Geographic Description:The 25-ha forest dynamics plot is located in the southwestern portion of a relatively undisturbed rainforest declared as a National Heritage Wilderness Area in 1988 and a Natural World Hertiage Site in 1989.
Bounding Coordinates:
West:  80.4022565  degrees
East:  80.4022565  degrees
North:  6.40226  degrees
South:  6.40226  degrees
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