Forest Succession After Windthrows (SAWI)

Forest Succession After Windthrows (SAWI)

Background and project description

Natural disturbances varying in size are suggested as major driver of tree species substitution across space and time, thus influencing vegetation structure, composition and diversity in forest ecosystems. Our project aims to assess the effects of widespread tree mortality events caused by wind storms (forest blowdowns) on important landscape-scale processes such as forest succession, carbon balance, tree species composition and diversity.


We combine extensive field measurements of structural and floristic attributes, and satellite remote sensing to sample across disturbance gradients to understand the forest recovery process following large-scale wind disturbances. Fieldwork is being conducted in four disturbed sites of terra firme forest near Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.

Institutions and researchers

Systematic Botany and Functional Biodiversity, University of Leipzig, DE: Daniel M Marra, Christian Wirth and Björn Reu; Laboratório de Manejo Florestal (LMF), Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), Manaus, BR: Joaquim dos Santos, Niro Higuchi, Gabriel HPM Ribeiro, Adriano JN Lima, Vilany MC Carneiro and Leandro T Santos; Herbário, Escola Agrotécnica Federal de Manaus, BR: Valdely F Kinupp; BGC-Processes, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, DE: Susan E Trumbore; Climate Sciences Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US: Jeffrey Q Chambers and Robinson I Negrón-Juárez.


SAWI is funded by the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (Chamada Universal No. 473357/2012-7 and INCT Madeiras da Amazônia) and Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry (BGC-Processes).

This project is performed by Daniel Marra, Gabriel HPM Ribeiro and other members of the LMF/INPA.

letzte Änderung: 01.11.2016