Comparisons of tropical forest regeneration pathways at two sites in Brazilian Amazonia

Cássia da Conceição Prates-Clark, Richard Lucas, João R. dos Santos, Luciana Spinelli

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Previous studies at Manaus (Lucas et al. 2002) indicated that different pathways of tropical forest regeneration existed as a function of differences in prior land use and that these pathways could be differentiated using remotely sensed data. In this study, further analysis of inventory data collected at Manaus, Amazonas (1995) and Santarém, Pará (2002) confirmed the existence of several pathways of regeneration, with those dominated by the pioneer genera Cecropia and Vismia being common to both. Differences in regeneration pathway could be attributed to differences in prior land use. The study emphasizes the benefits of considering pathway when mapping regenerating forests using remotely sensed data and for understanding/modeling succession and carbon dynamics. The use of remote sensing for understanding the processes of regeneration is also highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnais XI SBSR, Belo Horizonte, Brasil, 05 - 10 abril 2003, INPE
Place of PublicationSão José dos Campos
PublisherInstituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE)
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • remote sensing
  • community analysis
  • pathway of forest regeneration


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