wind events present a challenge to plant collections. Through vigorous
curatorial efforts, those events can also provide opportunities for
research. Montgomery Botanical Center staff presented collections-based
research at Botany
2006 that was informed by
2005's hurricane season.
A study published in July 2008 used these data to investigate variation in hurricane tolerance in New World palms.
Below are links to pages showing some of the damage the collections sustained from the hurricanes that impacted Montgomery Botanical in 2005, including our cleanup and recovery efforts.
Just prior to Hurricane Wilma's visit, Montgomery Botanical Center developed new emergency response protocols. Click below to view them.
Ongoing research is looking at potential spatial relationships or patterns in the observed hurricane damage. In this map, the locations at MBC of the plant deaths that were caused by hurricanes are seen at a glance.
GIS staff overlaid the locations on a LIDAR First-Return
image to get an idea of the canopy coverage and open space around the
various sites. These locations can then be cross-referenced by species,
genus, origin, or many other factors when examining the impact of the
storms in more detail.