UNH Scientists to Assess Amazonian Forest Resilience and Vulnerability

UNH Scientists to Assess Amazonian Forest Resilience and Vulnerability

May 23, 2014
The megadrought in the Amazon rainforest during the summer of 2005 caused widespread damage and die-off to trees, as depicted in this photo taken in Western Amazonia in Brazil. Image credit NASA/JPL-Caltech.

NASA’s Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science program has funded scientists from the University of New Hampshire to conduct a comprehensive assessment of Amazonian forest resilience and vulnerability to drought in the wake of two Amazon megadroughts in 2005 and 2010. The three-year project is led by environmental scientist Michael Palace of UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) and leverages the expertise of six current and former scientists from the EOS Earth Systems Research Center.

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