Long-Term Monitoring of Natural Forests and Their Database (Forest Dynamics Database: FDDB) Constructed by the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Japan
Humans should receive the fruits of biodiversity through ecosystem services. Forest ecosystems have various types of service based on the diversity of organisms and its large biomass. For example, tropical rainforests have supplied huge amounts of timber to developed countries, and nontimber products have played a critical role in restricted areas of life for local populations. These services differ in spatiotemporal scales and socioeconomic values. Some are local or regional, and others are international. There are several areas of confusion and many discussions about the definitions of ecosystem processes, functions, and services (Wallace 2007). However, it is true that ecosystem services of a forest depend on the structure and dynamics of forest itself.
KeywordsResearch Site Forest Monitoring Japanese Serow Tree Census LTER Site
We thank Drs. Mitsue Shibata, Toru Nakashizuka, Shigeo Iida, Wajirou Suzuki, Katsuhiro Osumi, Nobuyuki Tanaka, Satoshi Saito, Haruto Nomiya, Hiroyuki Tanouchi, Yosuke Kominami, Toru Manabe, Kazuhiko Hoshizaki, Shin Abe, Teizo Maeda, Shinichi Yamamoto, Shigeziro Yoshida, Atushi Takashima, Tsutomu Yagihashi, Tetsuto Abe, Toshio Katsuki, and Takuya Kubo and the Yakushima forest environment conservation center for collaborating in forest monitoring and making the database.
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