Satellites show effect of 2010 drought on Amazon forests

A new study funded by NASA has found that Amazon forests are losing their greenness due to last year's record-breaking drought. "The greenness levels of Amazonian vegetation -- a measure of its health -- decreased dramatically over an area more than three and one-half times the size of Texas and did not recover to normal levels, even after the drought ended in late October 2010," Liang Xu of Boston University and the study's lead author said in a statement.Researchers used computer models to predict that climate change could cause some of the rainforests to be replaced by grasslands or woody savannas.? This change would release carbon stored in the rotting wood into the atmosphere, which could inevitably accelerate global warming. An international team of scientists used over a decade's worth of satellite data from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer and Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission. The team used these instruments to produce detailed maps of vegetation greenness declines from the 2010

Satellites show effect of 2010 drought on Amazon forests

A new study has revealed widespread reductions in the greenness of Amazon forests caused by the last year's record-breaking drought.

Tue 29 Mar 11 from Phys.org

Satellites show effect of 2010 drought on Amazon forests, Tue 29 Mar 11 from Labspaces.net

Amazon forest becoming less green

Satellite data is revealing an Amazon rainforest that's decidedly less green than usual, showing the catastrophic effects of last year's record-breaking drought. read more

Wed 30 Mar 11 from TG Daily

NASA Satellites Detect Extensive Drought Impact On Amazon Forests

A new NASA-funded study has revealed widespread reductions in the greenness of Amazon forests caused by last year's record-breaking drought.

Tue 29 Mar 11 from Science @ NASA

Amazon rainforest health in decline

WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- The reduction in the greenness of Amazon forest increased over an area more than three times the size of the state of Texas, scientists said.

Wed 30 Mar 11 from UPI

Effect of record drought on Amazon studied

BOSTON, March 29 (UPI) -- An analysis of satellite data reveals widespread damage to Amazon forests caused by last year's record drought, U.S. researchers say.

Tue 29 Mar 11 from UPI

Last year's drought hit Amazon hard: nearly a million square miles impacted

A new study on its way to being published shows that the Amazon rainforest suffered greatly from last year's drought. Employing satellite data and supercomputing technology, researchers have ...

Tue 29 Mar 11 from Mongabay.com

NASA Satellites Detect Extensive Drought Impact On Amazon

Boston MA (SPX) Mar 30, 2011 A new NASA-funded study has revealed widespread reductions in the greenness of the forests in the vast Amazon basin in South America caused by the record-breaking ...

Wed 30 Mar 11 from SpaceDaily

Amazon Losing Its Green Flare After 2010 Drought

A new study funded by NASA has found that Amazon forests are losing their greenness due to last year's record-breaking drought. "The greenness levels of Amazonian vegetation -- a measure of ...

Tue 29 Mar 11 from RedOrbit

Satellites detect extensive drought impact on Amazon forests

A new study has revealed widespread reductions in the greenness of the forests in the vast Amazon basin in South America caused by the record-breaking drought of 2010.

Tue 29 Mar 11 from ScienceDaily

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