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Amazon Forests Green-Up During 2005 Drought

Science  26 Oct 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5850, pp. 612
DOI: 10.1126/science.1146663

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Abstract

Coupled climate-carbon cycle models suggest that Amazon forests are vulnerable to both long- and short-term droughts, but satellite observations showed a large-scale photosynthetic green-up in intact evergreen forests of the Amazon in response to a short, intense drought in 2005. These findings suggest that Amazon forests, although threatened by human-caused deforestation and fire and possibly by more severe long-term droughts, may be more resilient to climate changes than ecosystem models assume.

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