Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-609-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-609-2016
Research article
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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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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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