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Large tree mortality and the decline of forest biomass following Amazonian wildfires.

Barlow, Jos and Peres, Carlos A. and Lagan, Bernard O. and Haugaasen, Torbjorn (2003) Large tree mortality and the decline of forest biomass following Amazonian wildfires. Ecology Letters, 6 (1). pp. 605-8. ISSN 1461-023X

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Abstract

Surface fires in Amazonian forests could contribute as much as 5% of annual carbon emissions from all anthropogenic sources during severe El Niño years. However, these estimates are based on short-term figures of post-burn tree mortality, when large thicker barked trees (representing a disproportionate amount of the forest biomass) appear to resist the fires. On the basis of a longer term study, we report that the mortality of large trees increased markedly between 1 and 3 years, more than doubling current estimates of biomass loss and committed carbon emissions from low-intensity fires in tropical forests.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Ecology Letters
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brazil • carbon emissions • El Niño • forest fire • tropical forest
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 10376
Deposited By: Dr Jos Barlow
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2008 16:55
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 10:50
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/10376

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