Degradation outpaces deforestation in Brazilian Amazon

David Skole

New research published in the journal Science by a team of Brazilian and US researchers led by LCLUC researchers has taken an important step towards tackling this challenge. 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 neighbouring 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 was also highlighted in Eureka alerts, AAAS and The Conversation  News releases. 

Friday, September 11, 2020