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A warming climate and the ever-increasing likelihood of multi-year #drought s may result in irreparable harm to the sustainability of the Amazon #rainforest, a new study says.
Researchers for a study published in Water Resources Research say evidence suggests the future sustainability of the Amazon rainforest and the services it provides, including biodiversity, water cycling, carbon capture and others, may require adaptive management strategies to safeguard its key benefits, according to a press release.
The study noted that the Amazon basin has, in recent years, experienced multiple “once‐in‐a‐century” droughts, impacting the region's water cycle, economy, vegetation and carbon storage.
Researchers say droughts will only worsen with #climate change and say the study highlights the need for resource managers to plan for future droughts in order to protect the Amazon's precious resources. “Future multiyear droughts will be hotter—and thus more severe—than in the past," said Overpeck. "And with the Amazon’s growing population, wildfires become a real threat during times of drought. We hope that forest managers can better prepare for these scenarios when they know the long-term drought history of the region.”
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