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Satellites have played a key role in monitoring and reducing the rate of deforestation in the rainforest.


NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey, MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview and forest loss data from the University of Maryland. Forest patch size chart uses data from Kalamandeen, Michelle, et al. (2018). PRODES deforestation rate data from INPE. Story by Adam Voiland.

Published December 19, 2019
Data acquired 2001

Sources:
Landsat 5
Landsat 5 > TM
Landsat 7
Landsat 8
Landsat 8 > OLI