Determination of Deforestation Rates of the World's Humid Tropical Forests

  title={Determination of Deforestation Rates of the World's Humid Tropical Forests},
  author={Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Achard and Hugh D. Eva and Hans-Jürgen Stibig and Philippe Mayaux and Javier Gallego and T. S. Richards and Jean-Paul Malingreau},
  pages={1002 - 999}
A recently completed research program (TREES) employing the global imaging capabilities of Earth-observing satellites provides updated information on the status of the world's humid tropical forest cover. Between 1990 and 1997, 5.8 ± 1.4 million hectares of humid tropical forest were lost each year, with a further 2.3 ± 0.7 million hectares of forest visibly degraded. These figures indicate that the global net rate of change in forest cover for the humid tropics is 23% lower than the generally… 
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