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Human Activities Are Drying Out the Amazon

The atmosphere above the rainforest has become drier, increasing the demand for water and leaving ecosystems vulnerable to fires and drought.


NASA Earth Observatory map by Joshua Stevens, using data from Barkhordarian, A., et al. (2019). NASA Earth Observatory image by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. Story by Esprit Smith, NASA’s Earth Science News Team.

Published November 6, 2019
Data acquired 1987 - 2016

Sources:
Aqua > AIRS
Aqua > MODIS
In situ Measurement