Measuring forest changes

Laurance, William F., and Venter, Oscar (2010) Measuring forest changes. Science, 328 (5978). p. 569.

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D. Nepstad et al. (“The end of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon,” Policy Forum, 4 December 2009, p. 1350) highlight promising efforts by Brazil to reduce Amazonian deforestation, in part by harnessing funds from international carbon payments—termed REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation). For a country to engage in REDD, reliable data on past and current changes in its forest carbon stocks are essential (1). Having established in 1989 a world-leading program to monitor its Amazonian deforestation using remotely sensed imagery, Brazil is in many ways uniquely poised for REDD (2).

Item ID: 10934
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1095-9203
Keywords: tropical biology, carbon trading, conservation, deforestation, remote sensing, tropical forests
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2010 01:34
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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