Articles | Volume 18, issue 24
Research article
20 Dec 2021
Research article |  | 20 Dec 2021

Strong temporal variation in treefall and branchfall rates in a tropical forest is related to extreme rainfall: results from 5 years of monthly drone data for a 50 ha plot

Raquel Fernandes Araujo, Samuel Grubinger, Carlos Henrique Souza Celes, Robinson I. Negrón-Juárez, Milton Garcia, Jonathan P. Dandois, and Helene C. Muller-Landau


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2021-102', Ricardo Dal Agnol da Silva, 02 May 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Raquel Araujo, 26 Aug 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2021-102', Anonymous Referee #2, 02 Jul 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Raquel Araujo, 26 Aug 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (07 Sep 2021) by Alexandra Konings
AR by Raquel Araujo on behalf of the Authors (12 Oct 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (22 Oct 2021) by Alexandra Konings
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (04 Nov 2021)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (15 Nov 2021) by Alexandra Konings
Short summary
Our study contributed to improving the understanding of temporal variation and climate correlates of canopy disturbances mainly caused by treefalls and branchfalls. We used a unique dataset of 5 years of approximately monthly drone-acquired RGB (red–green–blue) imagery for 50 ha of mature tropical forest on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. We found that canopy disturbance rates were highly temporally variable, were higher in the wet season, and were related to extreme rainfall events.
Final-revised paper