Lightning-caused disturbance in the Peruvian Amazon

Evan M. Gora & Stephen P. Yanoviak
Lightning is a major agent of disturbance in tropical terrestrial ecosystems, but its effects often are overlooked or misidentified in lowland forests. We used an unmanned aerial vehicle (i.e., drone) to locate 12 probable lightning strike sites in ca. 47 ha of forest in the Peruvian Amazon. Subsequent ground-based surveys of the 10 accessible sites revealed 7 that were unambiguously caused by lightning. The seven sites included 121 lightning-damaged trees, 45 of which were dead....
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