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The ecoclimatology of Danum, Sabah, in the context of the world's rainforest regions, with particular reference to dry periods and their impact.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11605629     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Climatic records for Danum for 1985-1998, elsewhere in Sabah since 1879, and long monthly rainfall series from other rainforest locations are used to place the climate, and particularly the dry period climatology, of Danum into a world rainforest context. The magnitude frequency and seasonality of dry periods are shown to vary greatly within the world's rainforest zone. The climate of Danum, which is aseasonal but subject, as in 1997-1998, to occasional drought, is intermediate between less drought-prone north-western Borneo and the more drought-prone east coast. Changes through time in drought magnitude frequency in Sabah and rainforest locations elsewhere in South-East Asia and in the Neotropics are compared. The 1997-1998 ENSO-related drought event in Sabah is placed into a historical context. The effects of drought on tree growth and mortality in the tropics are assessed and a model relating intensity and frequency of drought disturbance to forest structure and composition is discussed.
Authors:
R P Walsh; D M Newbery
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences     Volume:  354     ISSN:  0962-8436     ISO Abbreviation:  Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond., B, Biol. Sci.     Publication Date:  1999 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-18     Completed Date:  2001-12-04     Revised Date:  2010-09-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503623     Medline TA:  Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1869-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Geography, University of Wales Swansea, UK. r.p.d.walsh@swansea.ac.uk
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Borneo
Disasters
Ecology
Ecosystem
Malaysia
Rain
Trees*
Tropical Climate
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