Hurricanes and forest in Puerto Rico: A systematic literature review

Authors: Tania López-Marrero*, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez, Tamara Heartsill-Scalley, USDA FS - International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Carlos F. Rivera-López, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez, Isabel A. Escalera-García, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez, Mariangelí Echevarría-Ramos, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez
Topics: Environment, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Global Change
Keywords: hurricanes, forests, Puerto Rico, systematic literature review
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The occurrence of hurricanes is of great impact to both society and ecosystems. In the case of forests, they cause a range of effects to different forest components; some which are evident in the short and medium term, while other in the long term. The passage of hurricanes provides opportunities to carry out studies on the effect of these disturbances on forest ecosystem. This research presents the results of a systematic literature review of peer-reviewed articles published from 1900 through 2017 regarding ecological research conducted on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico on topics of hurricanes and forests. A summary of hurricane activity in the island during the period of study is also presented. The findings will be discussed in terms of the aspects of the forests that were studied, the geographical distribution of the study areas, and the time scale at which the investigations were carried out. The results allow us to determine what is known about the subject, where gaps in information are, and what possibilities of research and production of new knowledge the recent and future hurricane seasons bring us.

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