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Abiotic disturbances and their influence on forest health. A review

Abiotic disturbances and their influence on forest health. A review
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). August 2011
  • Abiotic disturbances, disturbances caused by non living factors, are a natural and integral part of forest ecosystems that have major impacts, positive and negative. This paper reviews the current knowledge on the impacts of abiotic disturbances. Events are discussed within five categories: Meteorological: cyclones, storms (wind, snow, ice and hail, dust and sand), tornadoes, and thunderstorms and lightning; Climatological: drought, hydrological floods and flash floods, avalanches, landslides and mudslides; Geophysical: tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions; Anthropogenic: fire, oil spills, air pollution and radioactive contamination.
  • Geographical coverage: Global
  • Main themes: Drought, Ecosystems, Floods, Forests, Meteorology
  • Main target audience: Environmental practitioners, Forest managers
  • Main purpose: Assessment, Impact evaluation
  • Type of resource: Assessment report
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Published in 2015