Fernando D. B. Espirito-Santo

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Intensive mechanized agriculture in the Brazilian Amazon grew by >3.6 million hectares (ha) during 2001-2004. Whether this cropland expansion resulted from intensified use of land previously cleared for cattle ranching or new deforestation has not been quantified and has major implications for future deforestation dynamics, carbon fluxes, forest(More)
—This paper reports on the validation of the Collection 4 MODIS leaf area index (LAI) product over the Tapajós region, eastern Amazonia. The validation site is enclosed in tile h12v09 of the MODIS LAI product. The methodology to assess MODIS LAI accuracy included two main steps: 1) A multiple regression analysis for the generation of LAI surfaces, based on(More)
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