Tropical Dry Climates

  • Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa
  • Margaret E. Kalacska
  • Mauricio Quesada
  • Kathryn E. Stoner
  • Jorge A. Lobo
  • Pablo Arroyo-Mora
Part of the Tasks for Vegetation Science book series (TAVS, volume 39)


Based on the Holdridge life zone system (Holdridge 1967) approximately 111, 599, 269 km2 around the world have a climate favorable for dry forest (Leemans 1992, Figure 1). Of that area, 94% is located in the tropics. Tropical dry forests are found between the two parallels of latitude, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn (23°27′ N and S) where there are several months of little or no precipitation (Holdridge 1967). In general, three to seven month’s dry season duration has been quoted for seasonally dry forests (Janzen 1983; Murphy and Lugo 1986; Luttge 1997; Piperno and Pearsall 2000). The tropical dry forest ecosystem is one of the most fragile and least protected ecosystems in the world.

Key words

Tropical Remote Sensing Dry Forest Conservation Land cover change 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa
    • 1
  • Margaret E. Kalacska
    • 1
  • Mauricio Quesada
    • 2
  • Kathryn E. Stoner
    • 2
  • Jorge A. Lobo
    • 3
  • Pablo Arroyo-Mora
    • 4
  1. 1.Earth and Atmospheric Sciences DepartmentUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Centro de Investigaciones en EcosistemasUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMoreliaMéxico
  3. 3.Biology DepartmentUniversidad de Costa RicaSan JoseCosta Rica
  4. 4.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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