Thongchai Thailand

Does deforestation cause drought?

Posted on: June 30, 2010

It is not likely that the 2010 drought in Thailand has been caused by deforestation as reported (Army says dry spell due to deforestation, Bangkok Post, June 30, 2010). Thailand has a long history of droughts that come in cycles normally synchronized with the El Nino phenomenon. It is part of a well established weather pattern in this part of the world. These droughts are caused by insufficient rainfall. It is not possible for deforestation to affect rainfall. It may be true that deforestation worsens the effects of droughts and floods but it does not cause droughts just as it does not cause floods.

Cha-am Jamal, Thailand

2 Responses to "Does deforestation cause drought?"

!!!! No logic there really! Of course it has a massive effect on the rain fall..if you have a large forest you are likely to have omre water resources and rainfall… Hence the term rainforest!!! I cant get my head around these people…DENY, DENY, DENY!!! Thick as the two shorts planks that were illegally logged…thats for sure..or just getting paid too much!!!

Thank you Simon. You have a point there. It’s more complicated than presented above.

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