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Staal, A., Flores, B.M., Aguiar, A.P.A., Bosmans, J.H.C., Fetzer, I. & Tuinenburg, O.A. 2020. Feedback between drought and deforestation in the Amazon. Environmental Research Letters 15, 044024. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab738e
2020 - Journal / article
Deforestation and drought are among the greatest environmental pressures on the Amazon rainforest, possibly destabilizing the forest-climate system. Deforestation in the Amazon reduces rainfall regionally, while this deforestation itself has been reported to be facilitated by droughts. Here we quantify the interactions between drought and deforestation spatially across the Amazon during the early 21st century. First, we relat...
Flores, B.M., A. Staal, C.C. Jacovac, M. Hirota, M. Holmgren, Oliveira, R.S. 2019. Soil erosion as a resilience drain in disturbed tropical forests. Plant and Soil. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-019-04097-8
2019 - Journal / article
Tropical forests are threatened by intensifying natural and anthropogenic disturbance regimes. Disturbances reduce tree cover and leave the organic topsoil vulnerable to erosion processes, but when resources are still abundant forests usually recover. Across the tropics, variation in rainfall erosivity – a measure of potential soil exposure to water erosion – indicates that soils in the wetter regions would experience high er...