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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-20-3651-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-20-3651-2023
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13 Sep 2023
Research article |  | 13 Sep 2023

Canopy gaps and associated losses of biomass – combining UAV imagery and field data in a central Amazon forest

Adriana Simonetti, Raquel Fernandes Araujo, Carlos Henrique Souza Celes, Flávia Ranara da Silva e Silva, Joaquim dos Santos, Niro Higuchi, Susan Trumbore, and Daniel Magnabosco Marra

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We combined 2 years of monthly drone-acquired RGB (red–green–blue) imagery with field surveys in a central Amazon forest. Our results indicate that small gaps associated with branch fall were the most frequent. Biomass losses were partially controlled by gap area, with branch fall and snapping contributing the least and greatest relative values, respectively. Our study highlights the potential of drone images for monitoring canopy dynamics in dense tropical forests.
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