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Record number 444662
Title Tropical forests and global change: filling knowledge gaps
Author(s) Zuidema, P.A.; Baker, P.J.; Groenendijk, P.; Schippers, P.; Sleen, J.P. van der; Vlam, M.; Sterck, F.J.
Source Trends in Plant Science 18 (2013)8. - ISSN 1360-1385 - p. 413 - 419.
Department(s) Forest Ecology and Forest Management
Alterra - Biodiversity and policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2013
Keyword(s) water-use efficiency - climate-change - rain-forest - tree-rings - elevated co2 - pervasive alteration - western thailand - traits determine - growth-patterns - atmospheric co2
Abstract Tropical forests will experience major changes in environmental conditions this century. Understanding their responses to such changes is crucial to predicting global carbon cycling. Important knowledge gaps exist: the causes of recent changes in tropical forest dynamics remain unclear and the responses of entire tropical trees to environmental changes are poorly understood. In this Opinion article, we argue that filling these knowledge gaps requires a new research strategy, one that focuses on trees instead of leaves or communities, on long-term instead of short-term changes, and on understanding mechanisms instead of documenting changes. We propose the use of tree-ring analyses, stable-isotope analyses, manipulative field experiments, and well-validated simulation models to improve predictions of forest responses to global change.
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