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The changing rates and patterns of deforestation and land use in Brazilian Amazonia

Diogenes S. Alves

Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, São José dos Campos, Brazil

Douglas C. Morton

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA

Mateus Batistella

Embrapa Satellite Monitoring, Campinas, Brazil

Dar A. Roberts

Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Carlos Souza Jr.

Instituto do Homem e Meio Ambiente da Amazônia, Belém, Brazil

Investigating the rates and patterns of land cover and land use change (LCLUC) in Amazonia is a central issue for Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA) research. LCLUC, along with climatic changes, affects the biological, chemical, and physical functions of Amazonia, thereby linking environmental change at the local, regional, and global scales. Considerable research has focused on estimating rates of forest conversion in Amazonia, mainly through the use of satellite remote sensing, and evaluating factors that influence these rates. Beyond the rates of forest loss, LCLUC research in Amazonia has also considered the variety of agricultural uses that replace forest cover, forest degradation from logging and fire, and secondary vegetation on previously cleared lands.

Citation: Alves, D. S., D. C. Morton, M. Batistella, D. A. Roberts, and C. Souza Jr. (2009), The changing rates and patterns of deforestation and land use in Brazilian Amazonia, in Amazonia and Global Change, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., vol. 186, edited by M. Keller et al., pp. 11–23, AGU, Washington, D. C., doi:10.1029/2008GM000722.


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