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Title: Fire damage in seasonally flooded and upland forests of the Central Amazon
Authors: Resende, Angélica Faria de
Nelson, Bruce Walker
Flores, Bernardo Monteiro
Almeida, Danilo Roberti Alves de
Issue Date: 2014
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Biotropica
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 46, Número 6, Pags. 643-646
Abstract: Neighboring upland and nutrient-poor seasonally flooded Amazon forests were penetrated by a fire in 2009, providing a natural comparative experiment of fire damage for these widespread forest types. In upland, only 16 ± 10% (±2 SEM) of stems and 21 ± 8% of basal area were lost to fire, while seasonally flooded forest lost 59 ± 13% of stems and 57 ± 13% of basal area. Drier understory contributes to greater flammability. Much of the area occupied by seasonally flooded woody vegetation (>11.5 percent of the Amazon region) is vulnerable to fire due to high flammability and slow recovery. © 2014 The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1111/btp.12153
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