Implications of tropical deforestation for regional and global hydroclimate

Roni Avissar, Renato Ramos da Silva, David Werth

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6 Scopus citations


Land-cover heterogeneity created by deforestation of tropical forests generates atmospheric circulations that can trigger the formation of clouds and result in enhanced precipitation over the deforested region. Furthermore, the regional perturbation in atmospheric pressure generated by such massive land-cover change can excite synoptic-scale waves that propagate outside of tropical regions, resulting in significant change in the annual precipitation pattern at mid- and even high latitudes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEcosystems and Land Use Change, 2004
EditorsGregory P. Asner, Richard A. Houghton, Ruth S. Defries
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781118665985
ISBN (Print)9780875904184
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameGeophysical Monograph Series
ISSN (Print)0065-8448
ISSN (Electronic)2328-8779

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics


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