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

Barlow, Jos, Peres, Carlos A. ORCID:, Lagan, Bernard O. and Haugaasen, Torbjorn (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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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
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Biology
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Resources, Sustainability and Governance (former - to 2018)
Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2011 13:49
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 14:36
DOI: 10.1046/j.1461-0248.2003.00394.x

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