Difficulties in tracking the long-term global trend in tropical forest area.

  title={Difficulties in tracking the long-term global trend in tropical forest area.},
  author={Alan Grainger},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={105 2},
The long-term trend in tropical forest area receives less scrutiny than the tropical deforestation rate. We show that constructing a reliable trend is difficult and evidence for decline is unclear, within the limits of errors involved in making global estimates. A time series for all tropical forest area, using data from Forest Resources Assessments (FRAs) of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, is dominated by three successively corrected declining trends. Inconsistencies… CONTINUE READING

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