Modeling the Regional and Remote Climatic Impact of Deforestation

M. A. Silva Dias, R. Avissar, Pedro Silva Dias

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The observations and models agree in that current levels and patterns of Amazonian deforestation actually enhance mass and energy transfers between the land and the atmosphere through the creation of thermally driven circulations with effects on rainfall that are significant but vary considerably with seasons and regions. This has also indicated the necessity to identify the threshold, where the increased deforestation actually implies a decrease in rainfall, as pointed out by most of the low-resolution general circulation models. Most of the studies of the remote impact are still exploratory, but they indicate that patterns of global climate in remote regions of Eurasia and North America may be affected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmazonia and Global Change
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781118670347
ISBN (Print)9780875904764
StatePublished - Mar 22 2013


  • Amazon River Region-Climate
  • Biosphere-Research-Amazon River Region
  • Climatic changes-Amazon River Region
  • Rain forest ecology-Amazon River Region

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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