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Recovery and resilience of tropical forests after disturbance

Cole, Lydia E. S.; Bhagwat, Shonil A. and Willis, Katherine J. (2014). Recovery and resilience of tropical forests after disturbance. Nature Communications, 5, article no. 3906.

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Abstract

The time taken for forested tropical ecosystems to re-establish post-disturbance is of widespread interest. Yet to date there has been no comparative study across tropical biomes to determine rates of forest re-growth, and how they vary through space and time. Here we present results from a meta-analysis of palaeoecological records that use fossil pollen as a proxy for vegetation change over the past 20,000 years. A total of 283 forest disturbance and recovery events, reported in 71 studies, are identified across four tropical regions. Results indicate that forests in Central America and Africa generally recover faster from past disturbances than those in South America and Asia, as do forests exposed to natural large infrequent disturbances compared with post-climatic and human impacts. Results also demonstrate that increasing frequency of disturbance events at a site through time elevates recovery rates, indicating a degree of resilience in forests exposed to recurrent past disturbance.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited
ISSN: 2041-1723
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetNERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
Keywords: biological sciences; ecology
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: International Development & Inclusive Innovation
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 40299
Depositing User: Shonil Bhagwat
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2014 08:22
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2019 09:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40299
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