Over the past two decades, degradation outpaced deforestation in Brazilian Amazon, according to the long-term study by LCLUC PI David Skole & team. By combining more than 20 years of satellite data with extensive field observations, they trained a computer algorithm to map changes in forest degradation through time across the entire Brazilian Amazon. Their work reveals that 337,427 km² of forest were degraded across the Brazilian Amazon between 1992 and 2014, an area larger than neighboring Ecuador. During this same period, degradation actually outpaced deforestation, which contributed to a loss of a further 308,311 km² of the forest. This research is published in the journal Science The findings have implications for carbon, biodiversity, and energy balance.