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Carbon dynamics after a storm are hard to understand but after a storm a forest loses a lot of carbon and then regains it as it regrows, so we're looking at the long-term average, if bad storms become the norm, if a storm of Maria's severity becomes the average storm in the French Caribbean, we expect the forest will store less carbon because trees don't have time to get big. We expect the net balance to be negative -- that's not published yet but that's what our models are showing.
These are some of the trees that have denser wood, and trees with very dense wood historically have very low break rates and mortality rates, this storm was different -- trees 100 years old or more were broken. A proportion of these trees will be able rebuild the biomass and recover, and a number of them won't.
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