Prof. Dr. Arturo Sanchez Azofeifa
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department, University of Alberta, Kanada
Tropical dry forests (TDF) are unique ecosystems considered one of the most threatened forests worldwide. The main property of TDF is, in contrast with tropical rainforest, their deciduous properties, which are controlled by changes in soil moisture properties. In this talk, I will first present an overview of TDFs, their basic properties, and the different socio-economic forces contributing to their deforestation and fragmentation. Second, I will explore the significant impacts of climate change in this fragile ecosystem using ERA5 (Fifth generation of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast for climate and weather for the past 4-7 decades). The presentation will also discuss how different fingerprints of climate change are starting to be observed in TDF across the Americas.
6th of April 2022, 4:30 PM
Meeting-ID: 972 8748 3658