Image Database Export Citations


Can Logging in Equatorial Africa Affect Adjacent Parks?

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.author Roy, Somnath Baidya en_US
dc.contributor.author Walsh, Peter D. en_US
dc.contributor.author Lichstein, Jeremy W. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:59:17Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:59:17Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-12-21 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-12-21 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3278
dc.description.abstract "Tropical deforestation can cause fundamental regional-scale shifts in vegetation structure and diversity. This is particularly true in Africa. Although national parks are being established to protect areas from deforestation and to conserve biodiversity, these parks are not immune to disturbances outside their boundaries. We used regional-scale atmospheric simulation experiments to investigate how deforestation in timber concessions might affect precipitation inside adjacent, undisturbed national parks in the equatorial African countries of Gabon and the Republic of Congo. The experiments revealed a complex response. Some parks showed rainfall reduced as much as 15%, while others showed slight increases. Rainfall inside parks was particularly sensitive to upwind deforestation along the path of airborne moisture traveling inland from the ocean. A variety of shortcomings in the current modeling procedures limit the ability to extrapolate from experiments such as ours to provide spatially explicit, long-term forecasts of climate. We describe what advances in modeling are needed to produce regional-scale predictions that are robust enough to be useful to managers and policy makers." en_US
dc.subject logging en_US
dc.subject landscape change en_US
dc.subject parks en_US
dc.title Can Logging in Equatorial Africa Affect Adjacent Parks? en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 10 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth January en_US

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
30.pdf 317.2Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following document type(s)

Show simple item record