Articles | Volume 17, issue 12
Research article
23 Jun 2020
Research article |  | 23 Jun 2020

Understanding tropical forest abiotic response to hurricanes using experimental manipulations, field observations, and satellite data

Ashley E. Van Beusekom, Grizelle González, Sarah Stankavich, Jess K. Zimmerman, and Alonso Ramírez


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Short summary
This study looks at forest abiotic responses to canopy openness and debris deposition that follow a hurricane. We find that recovery to full canopy may take over half a decade and that recovery of humidity, soil moisture, and leaf saturation under the canopy is not monotonic and may temporarily look recovered before the response is over. Furthermore, we find that satellite data show a quicker recovery than field data, necessitating caution when looking at responses to hurricanes with satellites.
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