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Keywords

  • Rain forest ecology—Amazon River Region
  • Biosphere—Research—Amazon River Region
  • Climatic changes—Amazon River Region
  • Amazon River Region—Climate

Index Terms

  • 1630 Global Change: Impacts of global change
  • 1632 Global Change: Land cover change
  • 1637 Global Change: Regional climate change
  • 6615 Public Issues: Legislation and regulations

Article

GEOPHYSICAL MONOGRAPH SERIES, VOL. 186, PP. 555-563, 2009

Results from LBA and a vision for future Amazonian research

M. Batistella

Embrapa Satellite Monitoring, Campinas, Brazil


P. Artaxo

Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil


C. Nobre

Centro de Ciências do Sistema Terrestre, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Cachoeira Paulista, Brazil


M. Bustamante

Department of Ecology, University of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil


F. Luizão

Department of Ecology, INPA, Manaus, Brazil


This chapter summarizes selected results from the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA) and briefly describes a vision for future Amazonian research. The need for research on people and environment interactions is emphasized in the context of regional and global change. LBA developed institutional and scientific capacity in Amazonia, but its performance to promote sustainable development was restricted because the program has predominantly emphasized the advancement of basic knowledge, with less emphasis on integrative studies explicitly designed to influence public policies with consequences on land use and land cover. The challenge of transforming the natural goods of Amazonia into human and economic benefits in an environmentally sustainable manner requires a new level of consciousness and collaborative work through the ability to move from simple diagnosis in the direction of actions at local, regional, and national levels. From the results of LBA, we may evolve to new experiences in which society will add value to the interactions between the biosphere and the atmosphere.

Citation: Batistella, M., P. Artaxo, C. Nobre, M. Bustamante, and F. Luizão (2009), Results from LBA and a vision for future Amazonian research, in Amazonia and Global Change, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., vol. 186, edited by M. Keller et al., pp. 555–563, AGU, Washington, D. C., doi:10.1029/2009GM000904.

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