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

Barlow, Jos, Peres, Carlos A., 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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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.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2011 13:49
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 20:42
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/33292
DOI: 10.1046/j.1461-0248.2003.00394.x

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