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Carbon recovery dynamics following disturbance by selective logging in Amazonian forests

The results of a recent scientific publication on the dynamics of carbon recovery following a disturbance by selective logging in Amazonian forests are explained in a 3-minute video.

Amazonian forest in French Guiana

Amazonian rainforests play an important role in stocking carbon and one of the main disturbances experienced by these rainforests is the selective logging of a few tree species. This disturbance results in the loss of aboveground carbon stock. So how is this loss recovered?

The authors of this study tried to answer this question by using mathematical modeling to analyse long-term inventory data associated with parameters such as climate, soil properties and initial biomass present on the study sites. The results obtained varied according to the studied regions of the Amazonian forests. After 10 years, the aboveground carbon stocks were higher on the Guiana shield and in the Western Amazon than in the Southern Amazon. These results allowed the author to make predictive maps over 10 years concerning the changes that may occur in the context of climate change and forest fires.

This research work was carried in the framework of the Tropical managed Forests Observatory (TmFO) and was partially funded by the LabEx CEBA.

The video perfectly describes the results of the study: to view the video.