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Title: Forest-climate interactions in fragmented tropical landscapes
Authors: Laurance, William F.
Issue Date: 2007
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Tropical Forests and Global Atmospheric Change
Abstract: In the tropics, habitat fragmentation alters forest-climate interactions in diverse ways. On a local scale (<1 km), elevated desiccation and wind disturbance near fragment margins lead to sharply increased tree mortality, altering canopy-gap dynamics, plant-community composition, biomass dynamics, and carbon storage. Fragmented forests are also highly vulnerable to edge-related fires, especially in regions which have periodic droughts or strong dry seasons. At landscape to regional scales (10-1,000 km), habitat fragmentation may have complex effects on forest-climate interactions, with important consequences for atmospheric circulation, water cycling, and precipitation. Positive feedbacks among deforestation, regional climate change, and fire could pose a serious threat for some tropical forests, but the details of such interactions are poorly understood. © The Royal Society 2005. All rights reserved.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567066.003.0003
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