Dynamics in Hurricane Prone Forests


This virtual issue compiles studies from around the world on cyclone impacts on forests and their species to provide insights about the vulnerability and potential recovery of these forests. We would do well to understand forest vulnerability to, and recovery from, cyclones. This is particularly because some commentators perceive increasing frequency and severity of tropical storms as a direct result of climate change, although others are more circumspect. Forests also now have to cope not only with natural disturbances, to which they are often well adapted, but also to habitat fragmentation, invasive species and fires, all of which interact with natural disturbances and lead to a very uncertain forest future. (Virtual Issue Published September 2012)


Photo of Hurricane Isaac by NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team