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Anna Harper: Rainforest better able to withstand drought than models predicted

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From the ‘Not as bad as we theorised’ department, a paper which finds that models of water cycling in rainforest over-estimated the effect of drought by a big factor. The paper is paywalled, but there’s a write up here which summarises. Worth noting that the paper emphasises this natural resilience operates best in undisturbed forest.

Journal of Climate 2013 ; e-View
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00074.1

Impact of evapotranspiration on dry season climate in the Amazon forest
Anna Harper*

College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon, UK, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA
Ian T. Baker, A. Scott Denning, David A. Randall, Donald Dazlich, and Mark Branson

Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Abstract

Moisture recycling can be an important source of rainfall over the Amazon forest, but this process relies heavily upon the ability of plants to…

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