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Tropical forests mitigate extreme weather events
December 18, 2013
Tropical forests reduce peak runoff during storms and release stored water during droughts, according to researchers working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Their results lend credence to a controversial phenomenon known as the "sponge effect," which is at the center of a debate about how to minimize flood damage and maximize water availability in the tropics.
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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