Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Research article
02 Feb 2016
Research article |  | 02 Feb 2016

Annual South American forest loss estimates based on passive microwave remote sensing (1990–2010)

M. J. E. van Marle, G. R. van der Werf, R. A. M. de Jeu, and Y. Y. Liu


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (12 Nov 2015) by Mathew Williams
AR by Margreet van Marle on behalf of the Authors (11 Dec 2015)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Dec 2015) by Mathew Williams
RR by Edward Mitchard (05 Jan 2016)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (13 Jan 2016) by Mathew Williams
AR by Margreet van Marle on behalf of the Authors (20 Jan 2016)  Manuscript 
Short summary
We have quantified large-scale forest loss over a 21-year period (1990–2010) in the tropical biomes of South America using a new satellite-based data set. We found that South American forest exhibited interannual variability without a clear trend during the 1990s, but increased from 2000 to 2004. After 2004, forest loss decreased again, mainly as a result of a decrease in the Brazilian Amazon, whereas at the same time regions south of the arc of deforestation showed an increase in forest loss.
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