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Forest carbon fluxes

A satellite perspective

Reducing deforestation and forest degradation offers a quick win for climate mitigation. Using satellite data we are now able to better constrain pantropical estimates of forest loss, reshaping our understanding of the annual to decadal variability in land sources and sinks in the global carbon cycle.

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Figure 1: Carbon emissions from human activity — including tropical deforestation — since the launch of Landsat 5 in 1984.


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Morton, D. A satellite perspective. Nature Clim Change 6, 346–348 (2016).

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