Rio Branco Land Use Data Over Time
This data visualization begins with a wide view of Northern Brazil. It then zooms down to the region surrounding the town of Rio Branco and compares its relative size to the San Francisco Bay area. Next we cycle through over three decades of land use transformation showing pasture expansion over time. Lastly, we fade in 2019 fire data to indicate how the data will continue to change into the upcoming year.
The Amazon has undergone major transformations throughout the past three decades (1985 - 2018). Working closely with their Brazilian counterparts, NASA scientists have mapped the entire country of Brazil to show different kinds of land use throughout the country. This data is based on the
As part of this research, we look at the general area around the town of Rio Branco and show how the land use changed from 1985 to 2018. 2019 fire data is also used to show controlled burns in order to clear cut forest areas for other use.
This data visualization is the same as the one above, except it does not contain the colorbars, dates, or size comparisons. It is intended for editors who want to include their own graphics atop the data visualization.
Color map for the different land use classifications.
Match rendered year overlay for compositing.
Still image of the San Francisco Bay area to be used in post production to compare the size of the region around Rio Branco.
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Datasets used in this visualization
Suomi NPP Fire PixelsID: 1053Analysis Collected with VIIRS NASA/GSFC 2019
Biomass Map (MapBiomas)ID: 1084Analysis MapBiomas Project 1985-2018
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