Climatic Impact of Tropical Lowland Deforestation on Nearby Montane Cloud Forests

@article{Lawton2001ClimaticIO,
  title={Climatic Impact of Tropical Lowland Deforestation on Nearby Montane Cloud Forests},
  author={Robert O. Lawton and Udaysankar S Nair and Roger A. Pielke and Ross M. Welch},
  journal={Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={294},
  pages={584 - 587}
}
Tropical montane cloud forests (TMCFs) depend on predictable, frequent, and prolonged immersion in cloud. Clearing upwind lowland forest alters surface energy budgets in ways that influence dry season cloud fields and thus the TMCF environment. Landsat and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite imagery show that deforested areas of Costa Rica's Caribbean lowlands remain relatively cloud-free when forested regions have well-developed dry season cumulus cloud fields. Further, regional… Expand
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