Deforestation Report (SAD) August 2012

Deforestation Report (SAD) August 2012

sad_setembro_2012 (1)Check the data on deforestation and forest degradation in the Amazon in August 2012.

Martins, H., Fonseca, A., Souza Jr., C., Sales, M., & Veríssimo, A. (2012). Forest Transparency for the Brazilian Amazon (August 2012) (p. 13). Belém.

In August 2012, SAD has detected 232 square km of deforestation in the Legal Amazon [firstmonthofthedeforestationnewyear]. This represented a 3% decrease compared to august 2011, when deforestation summed up 239 square km. Out of this total, 50% took place in Pará, followed by Mato Grosso (19%), Amazonas (16%), and Rondônia (15%).

Degraded forests in Legal Amazon summed 60 square km in August 2012. Compared to August 2011, a reduction of 54% was observed in that for that period forest degradation was mainly observed in Pará (54%) and Mato Grosso (35%). In June 2012, the deforestation detected by SAD pledged 1.2 million tons of equivalent CO2, what represents a 66% increase compared to August 2011.

In August 2012, cloud covering was significantly reduced what allowed to monitor up to 84% of the Legal Amazon.

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