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de Cauwer, V., Geldenhuys, C.J., Aerts, R., Kabajani, M. and Muys, B. 2016. Patterns of forest composition and their long term environmental drivers in the tropical dry forest transition zone of southern Africa. Forest Ecosystems, 3: 23


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Patterns of forest composition and their long term environmental drivers in the tropical dry forest transition zone of southern Africa.

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The slope communities are more sheltered from fire, frost and drought but are more susceptible to human expansion. The community with the important timber tree P. angolensis can best withstand high fire frequency but shows signs of a higher vulnerability to climate change. Conservation and climate adaptation strategies should include protection of the slope communities through refuges. Follow-up studies are needed on short term dynamics, especially near the edges of the transition zone towards shrub land. Keywords: Baikiaea woodland, Tree community, Namibia, boosted regression trees, Pterocarpus angolensis, Disturbance, Miombo Ecoregion, Climate change.

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