• PPBio-RAINFOR and Dry Forest workshops in Data management and Analysis with, Brazil

    In April, Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez ( / RAINFOR) co-ordinated the content and taught 2 workshops in Brazil in the management and analysis of tropical forest data. Attendees were taught how to use to load, analyse and manage information for long term monitoring plots, and share best practices in analysis and use of data. The first … Read more

  • Half of all Amazonian tree species may be globally threatened

    More than half of all tree species in the world’s most diverse forest – the Amazon – may be globally threatened, according to a new study. But the study, published in the journal Science Advances, also suggests that Amazonian parks, reserves and indigenous territories will protect most of the threatened species, if properly managed. The … Read more

  • RAINFOR signs new cooperation agreement with SERNANP (Peru)

    On 16 October, Tim Baker signed a cooperation agreement on behalf of RAINFOR (Amazon Forestry Inventory Network) with the Protected Areas Authority in Peru (SERNANP) to monitor the impact of climate change on the nation’s forests (see here). The first activity as part of this agreement will be training of SERNANP staff in methods of permanent … Read more

  • Training RAINFOR – Excellence in data collection

    This course was held on the 9th and 10th of September 2015, in the Bacaba Park, New Xavantina, Mato Grosso, in Brazil with the main objective to train future partners of The Amazon Forest Inventory Network (RAINFOR) in the demarcation of permanent plots. The course was coordinated by Prof. Beatriz Schwantes Marimon and taught by team members of the Plant Ecology … Read more

  • One percent of tree species in the Amazon forest account for half of its carbon

    Amazon rain forests are the world’s most extensive and are extraordinarily diverse, being home to an estimated 16,000 tree species. Yet a new study has discovered that fewer than 200 species of these, barely 1%, are responsible for half of all tree growth and carbon stored in the Amazon. The study led by RAINFOR, also shows that the … Read more

  • New data package release

    The latest data package released from makes available tree-by-tree diameter and floristic data from 91 samples of 0.1-ha each, in community and protected lands in eastern Madre de Dios, in Amazonian Peru.  Data were collected by a team of Peruvian botanists and assistants, in a collaboration between the University of Leeds, the Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad … Read more

  • In the news: 30 years of Amazon forest change

    Our analysis of 30 years of Amazon forest carbon dynamics, which was published last month in Nature, received widespread attention.  A big thank you to many RAINFOR colleagues for making this study possible. We discovered that the capacity of Amazonian forests to sequester carbon has weakened, with potentially important implications for climate change. Using on-the-ground measurements from … Read more

  • Problems and solutions in a changing climate-Interview with Oliver Phillips

    Oliver Phillips was recently interviewed by the Columbian newspaper El Colombiano de Medellin about RAINFOR. The full article is available below.

  • Update your participant details in

    The latest release of, available since yesterday, lets you review and update your contact details and institutional affiliations. If you have been involved in any RAINFOR field campaigns, it is important that you register as a user, and ensure that your user account is linked to your participant details. These details should be kept up to date; … Read more

  • The impact of forest plots research is of ‘outstanding reach and significance’

    In 2014 the regular assessment of the quality of research at UK universities – the Research Assessment Exercise, or REF -evaluated for the first time the impact of research on policy and society.  In Leeds we wrote a case study that described the many ways in which the work of RAINFOR, AfriTRON and has … Read more

  • Three decades of Amazon forest change

    As we describe in research published this month (Brienen et al. Nature 519, 344–348), the biomass dynamics of apparently intact forests of the Amazon have been changing for decades with important consequences. RAINFOR’s partners and other researchers have been taking a close-up look at Amazon forests since the 1980s, tracking the lives of hundreds of thousands of … Read more

  • New User Interface now live!

    We have been working on improving the interface . We hope you like the new version. The instruction to re-activate your account are as follows: 1. On  the page click on the ” Forgotten Password” 2. Enter your email address and click the “Submit ” button 3. a message that will be sent the information to update your … Read more

  • now able to assign D.O.I s to datasets, the secure online database used to manage most of RAINFOR’s long-term data, is now able to assign Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to datasets. DOIs provide a system for tracking where the data came from, citing it in publications and providing the data collectors with acknowledgment for their work. has been used as a case study for DataCite and … Read more

  • New research shows that Borneo’s productive trees play a vital role in global carbon cycling

    Super-charged tropical trees: Borneo’s productive trees vitally important for global carbon cycling A team of scientists has found that the woody growth of forests in north Borneo is half as great again as in the most productive forests of north-west Amazonia, an average difference of 3.2 tons of wood per hectare per year. The new … Read more