Nature Communications (Aug 2018)

Post-drought decline of the Amazon carbon sink

  • Yan Yang,
  • Sassan S. Saatchi,
  • Liang Xu,
  • Yifan Yu,
  • Sungho Choi,
  • Nathan Phillips,
  • Robert Kennedy,
  • Michael Keller,
  • Yuri Knyazikhin,
  • Ranga B. Myneni

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 9, no. 1
pp. 1 – 9


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Forests of the Amazon Basin have experienced frequent and severe droughts in recent years with significant impacts on their carbon cycling. Here, using satellite LiDAR samples from 2003 to 2008, the authors show the long-term legacy of these droughts with persistent loss of carbon stocks after the 2005 drought.