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Michael Coe: Feedbacks between deforestation, climate, and hydrology in the Amazon

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04/12/2013

Deforestation in the Amazon causes important changes in the energy and water balance by altering how incoming precipitation and radiation are partitioned among sensible and latent heat fluxes. The differences in the water and energy balance work at a variety of time and space scales and the combined influences on regional hydrology are complex. The south-southeastern Amazon region has been most affected by these changes because of the combination of large-scale historical deforestation and its geographic position in a climatological and ecological transition zone. Given the current distribution of protected lands in south-southeastern Amazon, mitigation of future ecological impacts of externally and regionally driven climate changes will depend heavily on leveraging existing policy mechanisms to strengthen the protection of forests on private lands.

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