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An updated review of the relationships between the rainforests and climatic variability under tropical latitudes Volume 12, issue 4, Décembre 2001

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Laboratoire de météorologie dynamique, UMR (CNRS/ENS/EP/UPMC), École Polytechnique, route départementale 36, 91128 Palaiseau Cedex.
  • Page(s) : 221-9
  • Published in: 2002

There are many uncertainties about the relationships between the rainforests and climatic variability under tropical latitudes. This work proposes an updated review focused on this subject through three axes: rainforest and tropical climate history, recent climate variability in forest areas, and forests and climate relationships at low latitudes. These three parts point out to many interrogations and polemical aspects about the impact of anthropic activities on vegetation and climate. A sound knowledge of the interactions between climate and vegetation is indispensable for assessing human implications in climate and land cover changes, mainly through modeling studies.