EGU General Assembly 2020
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Is it feasible to relate CO2 atmospheric measurements with land use and cover change data? -A primary assessment of land use and cover change datasets in the Amazon

Graciela Tejada1, Luciana Gatti1,2, Luana Basso1, Luciano Marani1, Henrique Cassol3, Egidio Arai3, Luiz Aragão3, Stephane Crispim1, Raiane Neves1, Lucas Domingues2, Caio Correia2, Alber Ipia1, Manuel Gloor4, John Miller5, and Celso von Randow1
Graciela Tejada et al.
  • 1National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Earth System Science Center (CCST), São José dos Campos-SP, Brazil
  • 2Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN), São Paulo, Brazil
  • 3National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Remote Sensing Division, São José dos Campos-SP, Brazil
  • 4School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 5Global Monitoring Division, Earth System Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boulder, USA

Atmospheric CO2 concentrations have had a significant increase in recent years reaching levels never seen before. In the Amazon region, the main CO2 emissions come from land use and cover change (LUCC), especially for the deforestation of natural forests. It is very important to understand the impacts of climate change and deforestation on the Amazon forests to understand their role in the current carbon balance at different scales. The lower-troposphere greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring program “CARBAM project”, has been collecting bimonthly GHGs vertical profiles in four sites of the Amazon since 2010, filling a very important gap in regional GHGs measurements. Here we compare different LUCC datasets for the Amazon region to see if there is a relation between annual LUCC and bimonthly CO2 aircraft measurements in the Amazon. We compared the annual (2010-2018) LUCC area from IBGE, PRODES and mapbiomas pan-amazon datasets for each mean influence area of the CARBAM sites and relate this LUCC areas with the annual CO2 fluxes. We found differences in the classification methods of the LUCC data, showing differences in the total deforested area. The LUCC data have different tendencies in each CARBAM influence area having more deforestation in the east side of the Amazon CARBAM sites. There is no clear trend between LUCC and carbon fluxes in the last 8 years. Inter-annual CO2 fluxes variability could be related with the several droughts that influence the photosynthesis/respiration. Here we highlight the scale issues regarding LUCC datasets, atmospheric CO2 measurements and CO2 modeling to better understand the current Amazon carbon balance.  

Acknowledgment: FAPESP (2018/18493-7; 2018/14006-4; 2016/2016/02018-2), NASA, ERC (GEOCARBON, Horizon 2020/ASICA), NERC (NE/F005806/1), CNPq (480713/2013-8).


How to cite: Tejada, G., Gatti, L., Basso, L., Marani, L., Cassol, H., Arai, E., Aragão, L., Crispim, S., Neves, R., Domingues, L., Correia, C., Ipia, A., Gloor, M., Miller, J., and von Randow, C.: Is it feasible to relate CO2 atmospheric measurements with land use and cover change data? -A primary assessment of land use and cover change datasets in the Amazon, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-561,, 2020.


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