Research priorities for neotropical dry forests

G. Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa, Mauricio Quesada, Jon Paul Rodríguez, Jafet M. Nassar, Kathryn E. Stoner, Alicia Castillo, Theresa Garvin, Egleé L. Zent, Julio C. Calvo-Alvarado, Margaret E.R. Kalacska, Laurie Fajardo, John A. Gamon, Pablo Cuevas-Reyes

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Our understanding of the human and biophysical dimensions of tropical dry forest change and its cumulative effects is still in the early stages of academic discovery. The papers in this special section on Neotropical dry forests cover a wide range of sites and problems ranging from the use of multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing platforms to the impact of hurricanes on tropical dry forest regeneration. Here, we present to the scientific community the results of a workshop on which research priorities for tropical dry forests were discussed. This discussion focuses on the need to develop linkages between remote sensing, ecological, and social science research. The incorporation of social sciences into ecological research could contribute dramatically to our understandings of tropical dry forests by providing important contextual information to ecologists, and by helping to develop an important science-policy-public nexus on which environmental management can succeed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-485
Number of pages9
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Ecological succession
  • Remote sensing
  • Social science
  • Sustainable forest management
  • Tropical dry forest ecology
  • Tropical dry forests

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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