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Altered cyclone–fire interactions are changing ecosystems

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Abstract

Global change is altering interactions between ecological disturbances. We review interactions between tropical cyclones and fires that affect woody biomes in many islands and coastal areas. Cyclone-induced damage to trees can increase fuel loads on the ground and dryness in the understory, which increases the likelihood, intensity, and area of subsequent fires. In forest biomes, cyclone–fire interactions may initiate a grass–fire cycle and establish stable open-canopy biomes. In cyclone-prone regions, frequent cyclone-enhanced fires may generate and maintain stable open-canopy biomes (e.g., savannas and woodlands). We discuss how global change is transforming fire and cyclone regimes, extensively altering cyclone–fire interactions. These altered cyclone–fire interactions are shifting biomes away from historical states and causing loss of biodiversity.

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hal-03814938 , version 1 (14-10-2022)

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Thomas Ibanez, William J. Platt, Peter J. Bellingham, Ghislain Vieilledent, Janet Franklin, et al.. Altered cyclone–fire interactions are changing ecosystems. Trends in Plant Science, 2022, 27 (12), pp.1218-1230. ⟨10.1016/j.tplants.2022.08.005⟩. ⟨hal-03814938⟩
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