Articles | Volume 20, issue 7
Research article
08 Jul 2016
Research article |  | 08 Jul 2016

Contradictory hydrological impacts of afforestation in the humid tropics evidenced by long-term field monitoring and simulation modelling

Guillaume Lacombe, Olivier Ribolzi, Anneke de Rouw, Alain Pierret, Keoudone Latsachak, Norbert Silvera, Rinh Pham Dinh, Didier Orange, Jean-Louis Janeau, Bounsamai Soulileuth, Henri Robain, Adrien Taccoen, Phouthamaly Sengphaathith, Emmanuel Mouche, Oloth Sengtaheuanghoung, Toan Tran Duc, and Christian Valentin


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (19 Apr 2016) by Graham Jewitt
AR by Guillaume Lacombe on behalf of the Authors (29 Apr 2016)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (06 May 2016) by Graham Jewitt
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (06 Jun 2016)
ED: Publish as is (07 Jun 2016) by Graham Jewitt
AR by Guillaume Lacombe on behalf of the Authors (07 Jun 2016)
Short summary
Laos and Vietnam have switched from net forest loss to net forest expansion between 1990 and 2015. Based on long-term field measurements of land use, river flows, and weather data, we demonstrate that forest expansion can have extreme, yet opposite, impacts on water resources, depending on how the newly established tree-based cover is managed. The conversion of annual crops to teak plantations in Laos or to naturally regrowing forests in Vietnam led to increased and decreased flows, respectively.