The Amazon basin in transition

Cattle-pasture fire in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Photo credit: Jennifer K. Balch A new study published in Nature reveals that human land-use activity has begun to change the regional water and energy cycles -- the interplay of air coming in from the Atlantic Ocean, water transpiration by the forest, and solar radiation -- of parts of the Amazon basin. In addition, it shows that ongoing interactions of deforestation, fire, and climate change have the potential to alter carbon storage, rainfall patterns and river discharge on an even larger basinwide scale.

The Amazon basin in transition
Eric A. Davidson, Alessandro C. de Araújo, Paulo Artaxo, Jennifer K. Balch, I. Foster Brown, Mercedes M. C. Bustamante, Michael T. Coe, Ruth S. DeFries, Michael Keller, Marcos Longo, J. William Munger, Wilfrid Schroeder, Britaldo S. Soares-Filho, Carlos M. Souza and Steven C. Wofsy
Nature, 481, 321-328, 2012

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Following is a sample of the media coverage of this study:
Yahoo! News (UK & Ireland):  Amazon Basin shifting to carbon emitter
TG Daily:  Amazon basin becoming carbon emitter Deforestation, climate change threaten the ecological resilience of the Amazon rainforest
BBC (radio): Carbon emissions from Amazon forest

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Posted on January 19, 2012