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Drought sensitivity of the amazon rainforest

Phillips, Oliver L; Aragao, L. E. O. C.; Lewis, S. L.; Fisher, Joshua B; Lloyd, Jonathan; López-González, Gabriela; Malhi, Yadvinder; Monteagudo, Abel; Peacock, Julie; Quesada, C.A; Almeida, Samuel; Meir, Patrick; Amaral, Ieda; Brando, Paulo M

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Amazon forests are a key but poorly understood component of the global carbon cycle. If, as anticipated, they dry this century, they might accelerate climate change through carbon losses and changed surface energy balances. We used records from multiple long-term monitoring plots across Amazonia to assess forest responses to the intense 2005 drought, a possible analog of future events. Affected forest lost biomass, reversing a large long-term carbon sink, with the greatest impacts observed...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/79806
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.1164033

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