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Forest-flood relation still tenuous - comment on 'Global evidence that deforestation amplifies flood risk and severity in the developing world' by C. J. A. Bradshaw, N. S. Sodi, K. S.-H. Peh and B. W. Brook

Van Dijk, Albert; van Noordwijk, Meine; Calder, Ian R.; Bruijnzeel, Sampurno L.A.; Schellekens, Jaap; Chappell, Nick A

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In a recent paper in this journal, Bradshaw and colleagues analyse country statistics on flood characteristics, land cover and land cover change, and conclude that deforestation amplifies flood risk and severity in the developing world. The study addresses an important and long-standing question, but we identify important flaws. Principal among these are difficulties in interpreting country statistics and the correlation between population and floods. We review current knowledge, which suggests...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/65790
Source: Global Change Biology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01708.x

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