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Changes in Four Rainforest Plots of the Western Ghats, India, 1939-93

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dc.contributor.author Pomeroy, Marsha en_US
dc.contributor.author Primack, Richard en_US
dc.contributor.author Rai, S. N. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:53:31Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:53:31Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-01-16 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-01-16 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2765
dc.description.abstract "A major question of concern to forest ecologists in India is how well the forests have withstood the impact of human activities, and if they will be able to recover their stand characteristics, including number and size of trees, biomass and species composition, once they are protected from further disturbance. To examine the process of forest disturbance and possible recovery, four research plots in the evergreen forests of the Western Ghats of Karnataka State were analysed for stand characteristics and species composition starting in 1939 when they were remote and had minimal human impact. In these plots, all trees were identified and measured for diameter at breast height. The original trees continued to be censused at approximately five-year intervals. New recruits were first censused in 1984, and their size in the past was estimated from average growth rates. The plots were not treated differently from the surrounding forest, so they serve as a sample of the status of the surrounding forest. These forests then experienced increasing levels of human activity in the form of clearing for roads and power lines, fires, grazing by cattle, collection of forest products and low-level selective logging in the 1970s and 1980s, during which time forest censuses continued. At all four forests, there was a steady decline over time in the number of trees, with sharper declines associated with periods of logging and clearing. At the point of greatest decline following logging, only about 70 per cent of the original numbers of trees were present; however, the number of new trees increased after logging stopped in 1988, compensating to some degree for the loss of the original trees. Aboveground biomass also declined over time, with only about 70 per cent of the original." en_US
dc.subject rain forests--history en_US
dc.subject environmental change--history en_US
dc.subject forestry--history en_US
dc.subject deforestation--history en_US
dc.title Changes in Four Rainforest Plots of the Western Ghats, India, 1939-93 en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India en_US
dc.subject.sector History en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation & Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth January en_US

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