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AMAZALERT – A research project on impacts of climate change and land-use change in Amazonia

PI: Bart Kruijt (Wageningen University and Research Centre), Carlos Nobre (Brazilian National Space Research Institute)

Co-I: Tim Baker (University of Leeds), Emanuel Gloor (University of Leeds)

Overview: AMAZALERT will enable raising the alert about critical feedbacks between climate, society, land-use change, vegetation change, water availability and policies in Amazonia. We will:

1) analyse and improve coupled models of global climate and Amazon, land use, vegetation and socio-economic drivers to quantify anthropogenic and climate induced land-use and land cover change and non-linear, irreversible feedbacks among these components;

2) assess the role of regional and global policies and societal responses in the Amazon region for altering the trajectory of land-use change in the face of climate change and other anthropogenic factors and finally

3) propose i) an Early Warning System for detecting any imminent irreversible loss of Amazon ecosystem services, ii) policy response strategies to prevent such loss. 

Start Date: 01 September 2011

End Date: 31 August 2014

Funder: EU Commission (FP7 Cooperation - Environment)

Grant Reference: 282664