A Comparative Review of Forest Dynamics and Disturbance in the Temperate Rainforests of North and South America

  • Thomas T. Veblen
  • Paul B. Alaback
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 116)


In this chapter, we review and compare North and South American temperate rainforests in terms of patterns of forest dynamics and natural disturbance, stand responses to disturbances, human modifications of disturbance regimes, and the effects of recent climate variation on forest dynamics. Contemporary ecologists view vegetation change as the outcome of interacting populations constrained by fluctuating environmental conditions (Glenn-Lewin, Peet, & Veblen, 1992; Pickett, Collins, & Armesto, 1987). Disturbance accounts for much of the environmental heterogeneity in time and space. Substantial research is now devoted to characterizing, qualitatively as well as quantitatively, the spatial and temporal characteristics of disturbances, or “disturbance regimes,” that are relevant to a particular population or community (Pickett & White, 1985).


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