Uatumã Biological Reserve Over Time

  • Released Monday, April 19th, 2021
  • Updated Wednesday, November 15th, 2023 at 12:16AM
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This data visualization begins with a wide view of Northern Brazil. It then zooms down to the Uatumã Biological Reserve and compares its relative size to the San Francisco Bay area. Next we cycle through over three decades of land use transformation to show the lake formation over time as well as the increased pasture and croplands to the west of the lake. 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 Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) through the MapBiomas project.

As part of this, we look at the construction of the Balbina Dam and how it changed the Uatumã Biological Reserve 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.

Color map for the different land use classifications.

Still image of the San Francisco Bay area to be used in post production to compare the size of the region around Rio Branco.

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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