30.06.2017

New paper published in Geophysical Research Letters: "Deforestation effects on Amazon forest resilience"


We show that deforestation may cause rainfall reductions by up to 20% downwind of the deforested area in the western Amazon and subtropical South America. Such rainfall reductions increase the ecological vulnerability of the remaining forest to perturbations (logging, fire, and extreme drought), in particular, in southwestern Amazonia. Our results suggest that increasing deforestation might lead to permanent forest loss in the Amazon region.

Zemp DC, Schleussner C-F, Barbosa HMJ, Rammig A (2017). Deforestation effects on Amazon forest resilience. Geophysical Research Letters, Early View. DOI:10.1002/2017GL072955