By M. Ohsawa (auth.), T. Hirose, B. H. Walker (eds.)
Forest plants is sent in monsoon Asia regularly from boreal forests via temperate to tropical rain forests. This plants - the richest on the earth - is being subjected to international swap on an exceptional scale. it's been envisioned that boreal forests will adventure the main major switch based on worldwide warming, whereas tropical forests are endangered through fast adjustments in land use as a result of excessive inhabitants strain. a rise in atmospheric CO2 focus will seriously have an effect on atmosphere functionality during this sector. This quantity offers a overview of terrestrial ecosystems in monsoon Asia and assesses attainable results of worldwide switch at the constitution and serve as of woodland ecosystems and suggestions routes to the worldwide carbon cycle.
Audience: important examining for plant ecologists, crops scientists, environmental managers and executive selection makers.
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The topography is low lying in the coastal and deltaic regions, rising to about 6000 meters in the rugged northern region of Myanmar. As it lies mainly in the tropical region, the climate of the continental southeast Asia has a tropical monsoon climate with well defined seasons: the hot season from March to April; the rainy season covers the longest period from May to October; and the cool dry season start from the month of November and ends up in the month of February. The average temperature ranges in most parts of the region between 25°C to 33 °C during the rainy season, 10 °C to 25°C during the cool dry season and between 30 °C to 40°C in the hot season.
We should have a deeper understanding of the relationship between disturbance regimes and forest structure in this region to be able to predict any future effects of global changes. Acknowledgements We wish to thank Mr H. Tanaka for critical reading of the former version of the manuscript. This research was partly funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (BCP-93-III-A) and the Ministry ofEducation, Science and Culture (04304003), Japan. References • •m I [J II-a ~ -b -c m Fig.