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Biogeosciences, 17, 3149–3163, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-3149-2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 3149–3163, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-3149-2020

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 et al.

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