Tropical Dry Forests in the Americas: The Tropi-Dry Endeavor

Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa, Julio Calvo-Alvarado, Mário Marcos do Espírito-Santo, Geraldo Wilson Fernandes, Jeniffer S. Powers, Mauricio Quesada

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Tropical dry forests (TDFs) are considered among the most endangered ecosystems worldwide, and are even more endangered than tropical rainforests. When evaluated at a continental level, degradation and deforestation processes for TDFs in the Americas are no exception to this rule. With almost 60% of their total extent currently extinct, and the remaining forests experiencing high levels of forest fragmentation, new efforts are urgently required for understanding land use/cover change processes. Kalácska et al. (2005d) clearly presented an argument to increase efforts that aimed at understanding drivers of change and ecological processes in TDFs. The authors compared papers on TDFs with papers on rainforest ecosystems that were published between 1945 and 2005, and identied a ratio of 1 TDF paper for every 300 rainforest ecosystem papers published. This startling number underscores our limited understanding of this endangered ecosystem and.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTropical Dry Forests in the Americas
Subtitle of host publicationEcology, Conservation, and Management
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781466512016
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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