Spatio-TEmporal Dynamics of Forest Response to ENSO Drought (STEED)

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In addition to the well-documented exploitation of tropical forests for logging and agriculture, these fragile ecosystems also have to contend with short-term climate perturbations, such as the recent El-Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO).  The NERC-funded  STEED project (Spatio-TEmporal Dynamics of Forest Response to ENSO Drought) seeks to examine the impacts of the recent El-Niño drought on logged forests in SE Asia.  This is being done with a mix of remote sensing and in situ observations to provide evidence and understanding of the resilience of tropical forests to disturbance, and how best these may be managed.

With our project partners SEARRP, Pemian Global and the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI), we’ll be holding a workshop in Malaysia in November 2017 to discuss results and issues surrounding tropical forest management in changing climate conditions.

For project updates and further project details please visit the STEED project blog.

Project Details

Academic:
Mark Cutler
Collaborators:
Prof. Giles Foody (Nottingham); Dr Doreen Boyd (Nottingham); Dr Geertje van Heidjen (Nottingham); Prof. David Burslem (Aberdeen)
Funding:
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Project Value:
£295,000
Dates:
April 2016 - October 2017
Project showcase:
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