Fauna and flora interactions

The savannas geographic extent is of 30% of the global vegetated land surface.

Changes in tree cover and structure affect large‐scale biosphere‐atmosphere interactions, including fluxes of carbon and water. Herbivores, such as elephants and giraffes, drive tree turnover in African savannas and canopy architecture thus directly influencing these large-scale processes. With our Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS) we have obtained data from two tree species in the Kenyan landscapes distributed across different elephant probability densities. We aim to investigate how tree architecture and canopy metrics in high-probability density of elephants differ from areas with low-probability density. These results may help us better understand whether tree growth will be affected by herbivores.