Model of temperature change due to deforestation

Model of temperature change due to deforestation

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Credit: CENTER FOR OCEAN, LAND & ATMOSPHERE INTERACTION, MARYLAND / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Effects of deforestation. Computer-generated map of South America, showing the mean surface air temperature change due to total replacement of rain forests with pasture. Temperature increases are colour-coded from pale yellow (0.5-1 Celsius) to brown (3-3.5 Celsius). Drop in mean temperaure is shown as blue. The tropical rain forest reflects a very large proportion of infrared (heat) radiation that comes from the Sun. The loss of the forest would allow far more heat to be absorbed by the ground, thus raising local temperatures. This is one factor that would lead to a dramatically dryer climate for the region.

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Keywords: atmosphere, climate model, deforestation, earth science, earth's, effect, loss, model, rainforest, regional, s.america, sciences, temperature

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