Comment on "The extent of forest in dryland biomes". Academic Article uri icon


  • Bastin et al (Reports, 12 May 2017, p. 635) infer forest as more globally extensive than previously estimated using tree cover data. However, their forest definition does not reflect ecosystem function or biotic composition. These structural and climatic definitions inflate forest estimates across the tropics and undermine conservation goals, leading to inappropriate management policies and practices in tropical grassy ecosystems.

published proceedings

  • Science

altmetric score

  • 44.222

author list (cited authors)

  • Griffith, D. M., Lehmann, C., Strmberg, C., Parr, C. L., Pennington, R. T., Sankaran, M., ... Bond, W. J.

citation count

  • 41

complete list of authors

  • Griffith, Daniel M||Lehmann, Caroline ER||Strömberg, Caroline AE||Parr, Catherine L||Pennington, R Toby||Sankaran, Mahesh||Ratnam, Jayashree||Still, Christopher J||Powell, Rebecca L||Hanan, Niall P||Nippert, Jesse B||Osborne, Colin P||Good, Stephen P||Anderson, T Michael||Holdo, Ricardo M||Veldman, Joseph W||Durigan, Giselda||Tomlinson, Kyle W||Hoffmann, William A||Archibald, Sally||Bond, William J

publication date

  • January 2017