The Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring network (TEAM; www.teamnetwork.org) is a network of tropical forests sites at which ecosystem changes are monitored using standardized protocols. The aim is to generate data for monitoring long-term trends in tropical biodiversity, that are available for NGOs, policy makers and scientist in near real-time. The network is a collaboration of Conservation International, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, along with dozens of collaborating institutes. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is the principal sponsor.
TEAM is a network by design. The network consists of forest reserves that were selected to have contrasting vulnerability to land use change, as predicted by global models. Also, the design is stratified by continent. Because of the factorial and stratified design, the monitoring data can potentially be used to determine the causes underlying biodiversity trends.
The TEAM network currently has 17 sites (http://www.teamnetwork.org/network/sites). These include four CTFS-ForestGEO sites:
- Barro Colorado Island and surroundings (Panama), managed by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
- Yasuni (Ecuador), managed by the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador
- Korup (Cameroon), managed by the World Wildlife Fund Cameroon
- Pasoh (Malaysia), managed by the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia.
In the future, more CTFS-ForestGEO sites that fit the TEAM design may become part of the network.
TEAM has four monitoring protocols to ensure that scientists to collect data in a highly standardized manner, so that data can be compared between years and sites. All TEAM data are made publically available within months or weeks after collection. The data can be downloaded through the TEAM portal, at www.teamnetwork.org/data.