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Dynamics of land use and land cover in the agricultural frontier of Brazilian Amazon: driving forces of changes and future scenarios

Grant number: 15/05103-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2017
Effective date (End): November 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Applied Ecology
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Maria Victoria Ramos Ballester
Grantee:Andrea Santos Garcia
Host Institution: Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura (CENA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/50180-5 - Xingu: integrating land use planning and water governance in Amazonia: towards improved freshwater security, AP.PFPMCG.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):17/12787-6 - Dynamics of land use intensification in the agricultural frontier of Brazilian Amazon, BE.EP.DR


The growing awareness on issues related to natural resources world wide, decision-making processes of environmental issues have received increasing attention. Ensuring that these processes are based on solid scientific information is crucial to guarantee their effectiveness in meeting environmental challenges. In this context, this project, intitule "Dynamics of land use and land cover in the agricultural frontier of Brazilian Amazon: driving forces of changes and future scenarios", aims to analyse land cover and land use change (LCLUC) in the Upper Xingu Basin (State of Mato Grosso, Brazil). This region is located in the Amazonian arc of deforestation, presenting intense and rapidly changing landscapes. LCLUC includes the expansion or contraction of native forests, agriculture and pasture land, as well as degradation processes. Trends and drivers will be analysed based on changing matrix at different scales and future scenarios will be designed. Generating this information accurately is a scientific challenge due to the heterogeneous characteristics of the region and, consequently, the range of physical and socio-economic drivers this region faces. In addition to theoretical advances, the results of this research will be valid for the development of natural resource governance plan and may serve as a model for other areas. The Project presented here is part of the Belmont Forum international colaboration reseacrh initiative on fresh water security, funded by FAPESP Thematic Proc. No 2013/50180-5, intitule "XINGU Project - Integrating land use planning and water governance in Amazonia: towards improved freshwater security in the agricultural frontier of Mato Grosso". (AU)

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Scientific publications (4)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
GARCIA, ANDREA S.; BRESSAN, EDUARDO A.; BALLESTER, MARIA VICTORIA R.; FIGUEIRA, ANTONIO; SEBBENN, ALEXANDRE M.. High rates of pollen and seed flow in Hymenaea stigonocarpa on a highly fragmented savanna landscape in Brazil. NEW FORESTS, v. 50, n. 6, p. 991-1006, . (15/05103-8)
PRETO, MAYRA DE FREITAS; GARCIA, ANDREA SANTOS; NAKAI, ERICA SILVA; CASARIN, LAURA PIACENTINI; VILELA, VIVIAN MARIA DE FARIA NASSER; BALLESTER, MARIA VICTORIA RAMOS. The role of environmental legislation and land use patterns on riparian deforestation dynamics in an Amazonian agricultural frontier (MT, Brazil). LAND USE POLICY, v. 118, p. 13-pg., . (18/09871-8, 15/05103-8)
GARCIA, ANDREA S.; VILELA, VIVIAN M. DE F. N.; RIZZO, RODNEI; WEST, PAUL; GERBER, JAMES S.; ENGSTROM, PEDER M.; BALLESTER, MARIA VICTORIA R.. Assessing land use/cover dynamics and exploring drivers in the Amazon's arc of deforestation through a hierarchical, multi-scale and multi-temporal classification approach. REMOTE SENSING APPLICATIONS-SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT, v. 15, p. 14-pg., . (13/20377-1, 15/05103-8, 17/12787-6, 17/12567-6, 13/50180-5)
RAY, DEEPAK K.; SLOAT, LINDSEY L.; GARCIA, ANDREA S.; DAVIS, KYLE F.; ALI, TARIQ; XIE, WEI. Crop harvests for direct food use insufficient to meet the UN's food security goal. NATURE FOOD, v. 3, n. 5, p. 8-pg., . (17/12787-6, 15/05103-8)
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
GARCIA, Andrea Santos. Dynamics of land use and land cover in the agricultural frontier of the Brazilian Amazon: driving forces of changes and future scenarios. 2019. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALA/BC) Piracicaba.

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