Spatiotemporal trends of forest cover change in Southeast Asia

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Springer
Publication Type:
Chapter
Citation:
Tropical Rainforests and Agroforests under Global Change, Ecological and Socio-economic Valuations, 2010, 1st, pp. 269 - 291
Issue Date:
2010-01
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The current state of tropical forest cover and its change have been identified as key variables in modelling and measuring the consequences of human action on ecosystems. The conversion of tropical forest cover to any other land cover (deforestation) directly contributes to the two main environmental threats of the recent past: 1) the alteration of the global climate by the emission of carbon to the atmosphere and 2) the decline in tropical biodiversity by land use intensification and habitat conversion. The sub-continent of Southeast Asia exhibits one of the highest rates of forest loss and comprises one of the regions with the highest amount and diversity of flora and fauna species, worldwide.
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