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

Barlow, J, Peres, CA, Lagan, BO and Haugaasen, T (2002) Large tree mortality and the decline of forest biomass following Amazonian wildfires. Ecology Letters, 6 (1). pp. 6-8. ISSN 1461-0248

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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.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2011 14:49
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2018 10:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/33292
DOI: 10.1046/j.1461-0248.2003.00394.x

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