Forest loss and Boreno's climate

McAlpine, Clive Alexander, Johnson, Alex, Salazar, Alvaro, Syktus, Jozef I., Wilson, Kerrie, Meijaard, Erik, Seabrook, Leonie M., Dargusch, Paul, Nordin, Haziq and Sheil, Douglas (2018) Forest loss and Boreno's climate. Environmental Research Letters, . doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aaa4ff

Author McAlpine, Clive Alexander
Johnson, Alex
Salazar, Alvaro
Syktus, Jozef I.
Wilson, Kerrie
Meijaard, Erik
Seabrook, Leonie M.
Dargusch, Paul
Nordin, Haziq
Sheil, Douglas
Title Forest loss and Boreno's climate
Journal name Environmental Research Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1748-9326
Publication date 2018-01-04
Year available 2018
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1088/1748-9326/aaa4ff
Open Access Status DOI
Place of publication Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher Institute of Physics Publishing
Language eng
Abstract The equatorial island of Borneo is a deforestation hotspot. However, the influence of forest loss on the island's climate remains largely unexplored. Here, we examine how forest loss is related to changes in ground-based records of temperature (1961-2007) and precipitation (1951-2007), and MODIS data for temperature (2002-2016). Analyses were performed for the entire island, lowland areas (<200 m ASL), and nine selected watersheds. We found a strong island-wide relationship between forest loss and increases in daily temperature and reductions in daily precipitation. The relationship between deforestation and changes in local climate was most pronounced for watersheds in southeast Borneo, which have lost 40-75% of their forests since 1973. These watersheds also had a significantly higher frequency of temperatures above 31oC. Watersheds in north and northwest Borneo, which have lost 5-25% of their forest cover, maintained a more stable climate with a similar distribution of mean and extreme warm temperatures between forest and modified forest areas. Watersheds with >15% forest loss had a >15% reduction in rainfall. We conclude that loss of forest in Borneo has increased local daily temperatures and temperature extremes, and reduced daily precipitation.
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