Effects of drought in the Amazon persist years later

An area of the Amazon rainforest three times the size of the United kingdom was strongly affected by a drought that began in 2005, says a NASA-led team that includes researchers Yadvinder Malahi and Liana Anderson from Oxford.

The results, together with observed increases in rainfall variability and associated forest damage in southern and western Amazonia during the past decade, suggest these rainforests may be witnessing the first signs of potential large-scale degradation due to climate change.

For more details please see the original research paper, the Oxford University press release, or the press coverage in the Guardian and CBS News.