Database overview

The Forest C database (ForC-db) is an open access global C database led by Dr. Kristina Anderson-Teixeira (Smithsonian). ForC is updated and maintained in this Github repository and is visualized here. The database contains previously published data on ground-based measurements of ecosystem-level C stocks and annual fluxes in forests globally, along with site information, disturbance history, and information on methodology. It currently contains >17,500 records from >2,700 plots and >2,000 sites, making it the largest and most comprehensive database of its type. These data were obtained from multiple previous compilations and individual published studies, as detailed in Anderson-Teixeira et al. (2016) and Anderson-Teixeira et al. (2018).

Previous versions of ForC have been published in the peer-reviewed literature: Anderson-Teixeira et al. (2016) and Anderson-Teixeira et al. (2018). ForC is continuously developing, and the version on Github is always the current master. Interested users may contact database PI Dr. Kristina Anderson-Teixeira for an update on status and to discuss collaboration.

Data Use

ForC-db is an open access database, and we encourage use of the data for scientific research and educational purposes. All users are responsible to adhere to the data use policy: DATA USE.md.

Contributing to the database

We anticipate that ForC-db will be of great value for various initiatives seeking to understand and manage the role of tropical forests in the global C cycle, and we encourage authors to contribute data. Please see CONTRIBUTING.md.

Database citations

Any publications using ForC data should cite the following publications:

• Anderson-Teixeira, K.J. et al. 2016. Carbon dynamics of mature and regrowth tropical forests derived from a pantropical database (TropForC-db). Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13226

• Anderson-Teixeira, K. J., M. M. H. Wang, J. C. McGarvey, V. Herrmann, A. J. Tepley, B. P. Bond-Lamberty, and D. S. LeBauer. in press. ForC: a global database of forest carbon stocks and fluxes. Ecology. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2229.

In addition, if data are obtained from the Github repository (as opposed to a static version associated with one of the above publications), this should be referenced as well (DOI representing all versions: 10.5281/zenodo.1135088). Publications should cite a specific version of ForC, ideally with a DOI associated with that version. Authors may work with ForC managers to generate a release and associated DOI that matches the database version used in their publication.

Funding acknowledgements

• DOE Terrestrial Ecosystem Science grant DE-SC0008085/ DE-SC0010039 to Kristina Anderson-Teixeira, Evan DeLucia, and Benjamin Duval

• Smithsonian Women’s Committee grant to Kristina Anderson-Teixeira

• Smithsonian Scholarly Studies grant to Kristina Anderson-Teixeira and Helene Muller-Landau