What is it about?
Local soil hydrology, linked to water table depth, has been mostly neglected in studies of forest ecology, but we show here has a key role in determining forest traits, functioning, and responses to droughts. We advance a conceptual model integrating environment and trait distributions over hydrological gradients to predict climate change effects.
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Why is it important?
Shallow water table forests may function as "ecological refugia" (i.e. places that maintain favorable conditions) for biodiversity and ecosystem services, during climate change induced droughts. This study shows how this might happen and assembles the evidences in favor of this hypothesis.
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This page is a summary of: The other side of tropical forest drought: do shallow water table regions of Amazonia act as large‐scale hydrological refugia from drought?, New Phytologist, January 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/nph.17914.
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Shallow-water-table Amazon forests may provide resilience to climate change induced droughts
veido summary of the New Phytologist Tansley review "The other side of droughts"
Florestas com lençol freático superficial podem proporcionar resiliência à secas induzidas por mudanças climáticas
video sumário do artigo "O outro lado da seca" publicado na New Phytologist Tansley review
Los bosques amazónicos com nivel freatico superficial pueden proporcionar resiliencia a sequías inducidas por cambios climáticos
video sumario del articulo "Other side of droughts"
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