Tropical rainforest canopies and climate change

Stork, Nigel E., Balston, J., Farquhar, G.D., Franks, P.J., Holtum, J.A.M., and Liddell, M.J. (2007) Tropical rainforest canopies and climate change. Austral Ecology, 32 (1). pp. 105-112.

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There is less certainty about the impact of climate change on tropical rainforests than on temperate forests because of the comparative lack of background data and because few large scale experiments have been, and are being, carried out in tropical rainforests. Many of the factors critical to the future of tropical rainforests concern canopies, the key processes that take place there, and the roles and interactions of canopy biodiversity. In particular there are almost no data on how forest canopies and processes are changing with increased carbon dioxide levels. The implications of elevated carbon dioxide, climatic stress and related changes in water-use efficiency, nutrient availability and other such changes are discussed particularly with references to Australia's tropical rainforests.

Item ID: 2309
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1442-9993
Keywords: tropical rainforests; canopy; climate change; elevated carbon dioxide; forest hydrology; tree physiology; forest fluxes; transpiration; FACE
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Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2009 06:16
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