Deforestation report for the Brazilian Amazon (May 2015) SAD

figure2_mapa_sad_desmat_05_2015_biomaFonseca, A., Souza Jr., C. & Veríssimo, A. 2015. Deforestation report for the Brazilian Amazon (May 2015) SAD (p. 10). Belém: Imazon.

In May 2015, SAD detected 389 square kilometers of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon with a cloud cover of 39% over the territory. That represented an increase of 110% in relation to May 2014 when deforestation totaled 185 square kilometers and the cloud cover was 38%.

In May 2015, the deforestation occurred in Amazonas (27%) and Mato Grosso (27%), followed by Pará (23%) and Rondônia (21%) and, at a lower proportion, Roraima (11%).

The deforestation accumulated during the period from August 2014 to May 2015, corresponding to the first ten months of the calendar for measuring deforestation, reached 2,286 square kilometers. There was a 170% increase in of deforestation in relation to the previous period (August 2013 to May 2014) when it reached 846 square kilometers.

Degraded forests in the Brazilian Amazon totaled 33 square kilometers in May 2015. In relation to May 2014, when forest degradation totaled 159 square kilometers, there was a 79% reduction.