November 07, 2010
Deforestation in Belize amounts to an area the size of Rhode Island since 1980, according to new assessment.
In the first study of deforestation in Belize since 1996, CATHALAC (Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America & the Caribbean) and NASA used satellite imagery at different points in time since 1980 to visualize changes in the amount of land covered by forests.
Deforestation in Belize.
The new imagery system allowed the project to be completed in a short space of time. It forms part of CATHALAC’s region-wide investigation of land cover change in Central America. Neighboring countries have expressed interest in conducting similar studies.
EMIL A. CHERRINGTON, EDGAR EK, PERCIVAL CHO, BURGESS F. HOWELL, BETZY E. HERNANDEZ, ERIC R. ANDERSON, AFRICA I. FLORES, BESSY C. GARCIA, EMILIO SEMPRIS, AND DANIEL E. IRWIN. Forest Cover and Deforestation in Belize: 1980-2010. 2010