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People and environment in Amazonia: The LBA experience and other perspectives

M. Batistella

Embrapa Satellite Monitoring, Campinas, Brazil

D. S. Alves

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

E. F. Moran

Department of Anthropology and Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

C. Souza Jr.

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

R. Walker

Department of Geography, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

S. J. Walsh

Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Amazonia is the arena for an ongoing extraordinary transformation of nature and society. This process of change can be depicted in many ways and by various disciplines, with emphasis on the biosphere or the atmosphere, as demonstrated by the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA). However, the human factors behind environmental change should not be neglected. This chapter introduces the section on people and environment in the region proposing an examination of the human dimensions of land use and land cover change from the LBA experience and other perspectives. As a basis for this approach, we provide a brief review on related topics and insights about opportunities for integrative research. Selected findings produced by LBA projects are highlighted and a synthetic view on research gaps, analytical gaps, data gaps, and policy implications of human dimension research in Amazonia is presented.

Citation: Batistella, M., D. S. Alves, E. F. Moran, C. Souza Jr., R. Walker, and S. J. Walsh (2009), People and environment in Amazonia: The LBA experience and other perspectives, in Amazonia and Global Change, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., vol. 186, edited by M. Keller et al., pp. 1–9, AGU, Washington, D. C., doi:10.1029/2009GM000902.


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