Agricultural and Biological Sciences

Deforestation Around the World

Edited by Paulo Moutinho, ISBN 978-953-51-0417-9, 386 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published March 30, 2012 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/1979
Edited Volume

Deforestation and forest degradation represent a significant fraction of the annual worldwide human-induced emission of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, the main source of biodiversity losses and the destruction of millions of people's homes. Despite local/regional causes, its consequences are global. This book provides a general view about deforestation dynamics around the world, incorporating analyses of its causes, impacts and actions to prevent it. Its 17 Chapters, organized in three sections, refer to deforestation impacts on climate, soil, biodiversity and human population, but also describe several initiatives to prevent it. A special emphasis is given to different remote-sensing and mapping techniques that could be used as a source for decision-makers and society to promote forest conservation and control deforestation.