Fire damage in seasonally flooded and upland forests of the Central Amazon

Angélica F. de Resende*, Bruce W. Nelson, Bernardo M. Flores, Danilo R. de Almeida

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Abstract

Neighboring upland and nutrient-poor seasonally flooded Amazon forests were penetrated by a fire in 2009, providing a natural comparative experiment of fire damage for these widespread forest types. In upland, only 16 ± 10% (±2 SEM) of stems and 21 ± 8% of basal area were lost to fire, while seasonally flooded forest lost 59 ± 13% of stems and 57 ± 13% of basal area. Drier understory contributes to greater flammability. Much of the area occupied by seasonally flooded woody vegetation (>11.5 percent of the Amazon region) is vulnerable to fire due to high flammability and slow recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-646
Number of pages4
JournalBiotropica
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014

Keywords

  • igapó
  • Flammability
  • Forest structure
  • Litter layer
  • Relative humidity
  • Tropical forest

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