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Drought impact on forest carbon dynamics and fluxes in Amazonia

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, March 2015
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Drought impact on forest carbon dynamics and fluxes in Amazonia
Published in
Nature, March 2015
DOI 10.1038/nature14213
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Christopher E. Doughty, D. B. Metcalfe, C. A. J. Girardin, F. Farfán Amézquita, D. Galiano Cabrera, W. Huaraca Huasco, J. E. Silva-Espejo, A. Araujo-Murakami, M. C. da Costa, W. Rocha, T. R. Feldpausch, A. L. M. Mendoza, A. C. L. da Costa, P. Meir, O. L. Phillips, Y. Malhi


In 2005 and 2010 the Amazon basin experienced two strong droughts, driven by shifts in the tropical hydrological regime possibly associated with global climate change, as predicted by some global models. Tree mortality increased after the 2005 drought, and regional atmospheric inversion modelling showed basin-wide decreases in CO2 uptake in 2010 compared with 2011 (ref. 5). But the response of tropical forest carbon cycling to these droughts is not fully understood and there has been no detailed multi-site investigation in situ. Here we use several years of data from a network of thirteen 1-ha forest plots spread throughout South America, where each component of net primary production (NPP), autotrophic respiration and heterotrophic respiration is measured separately, to develop a better mechanistic understanding of the impact of the 2010 drought on the Amazon forest. We find that total NPP remained constant throughout the drought. However, towards the end of the drought, autotrophic respiration, especially in roots and stems, declined significantly compared with measurements in 2009 made in the absence of drought, with extended decreases in autotrophic respiration in the three driest plots. In the year after the drought, total NPP remained constant but the allocation of carbon shifted towards canopy NPP and away from fine-root NPP. Both leaf-level and plot-level measurements indicate that severe drought suppresses photosynthesis. Scaling these measurements to the entire Amazon basin with rainfall data, we estimate that drought suppressed Amazon-wide photosynthesis in 2010 by 0.38 petagrams of carbon (0.23-0.53 petagrams of carbon). Overall, we find that during this drought, instead of reducing total NPP, trees prioritized growth by reducing autotrophic respiration that was unrelated to growth. This suggests that trees decrease investment in tissue maintenance and defence, in line with eco-evolutionary theories that trees are competitively disadvantaged in the absence of growth. We propose that weakened maintenance and defence investment may, in turn, cause the increase in post-drought tree mortality observed at our plots.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 8 1%
Brazil 8 1%
Switzerland 2 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
Chile 2 <1%
France 2 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Indonesia 1 <1%
Panama 1 <1%
Other 8 1%
Unknown 704 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 170 23%
Researcher 132 18%
Student > Master 101 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 54 7%
Student > Bachelor 52 7%
Other 127 17%
Unknown 103 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 221 30%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 196 27%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 110 15%
Engineering 15 2%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 8 1%
Other 35 5%
Unknown 154 21%

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