Understanding the Tropical Forests of SE Asia
Module code: GY3439
The tropical forests of SE Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia) are some of the most diverse in the world in terms of biodiversity and function, with about 20% located upon deep, carbon rich organic peat soils.
However, these forest ecosystems are also some of the most threatened and disturbed in the world as a result of increasing population, global demand for wood products, agricultural sustainability and socio-economic development. In this module we shed light on the environmental and socio-economic roles that these forests play, the challenges they are facing, and what Geographers can do to provide answers to a number of research questions.
- Climate of Tropical Forest regions
- Organic soils
- Carbon emissions
- Recent agricultural activity (including palm oil plantations)
- Forest characteristics
- Land use and land cover changes
- Fire as a driver for change in forested systems of SE Asia