Title: Land use patterns and related carbon losses following deforestation in South America
Citation: ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS vol. 10 no. 12 p. 124004
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC97171
ISSN: 1748-9326
URI: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/10/12/124004/meta;jsessionid=02742B7E3B90ABC1E63EB767AC34A0D9.c2.iopscience.cld.iop.org
DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/12/124004
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Land use change in South America, mainly deforestation, is a large source of anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Identifying and addressing the causes or drivers of anthropogenic forest change is considered crucial for global climate change mitigation. Few countries however, monitor deforestation drivers in a systematic manner. National-level quantitative spatially explicit information on drivers is often lacking. This study quantifies proximate drivers of deforestation and related carbon losses in South America based on remote sensing time series in a systematic, spatially explicit manner. Deforestation areas were derived from the 2010 global remote sensing survey of the FAO Forest Resource Assessment. To assess proximate drivers, land use following deforestation was assigned by visual interpretation of high-resolution satellite imagery. To estimate gross carbon losses from deforestation, default Tier 1 biomass levels per country and eco-zone were used. Our findings contribute to the understanding of drivers of deforestation and related carbon losses in South America, and are comparable at the national, regional and continental level. In addition, they support the development of national REDD+ interventions and forest monitoring systems, and provides valuable input for statistical analysis and modelling of underlying drivers of deforestation.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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