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 1461-023XFull text not available from this repository.
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.
|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|
|Deposited By:||Dr Jos Barlow|
|Deposited On:||11 Jul 2008 16:55|
|Last Modified:||26 Jul 2012 14:47|
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