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Droughts: Evidence for Hydrological Refuges on Shallow Water Table Forests?

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Speaker: Dr. Flavia Costa, Brazilian National Institute for Amazonian Research

Groundwater is an integral component of the water sources for plants in a large region of the Amazon (~50%) developing over shallow water tables but is mostly neglected in ecological research. In this talk, Dr. Costa will briefly review state-of-the-art knowledge of water table depth (WT) effects on Amazon forest structure and functioning, to understand the potential of shallow WT forests to resist drought and provide refuges for biodiversity and carbon storage under climate change. Besides the synthesis of accumulated past research, she will show the current research and challenges to ascertain the contribution of those forests on a basin-wide scale.

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