The agricultural expansion in Brazil has been the environmental impacts of the expansion of crop production and cattle-raising in its Amazonia and Cerrado biomes. The Soy Moratorium was created to stop the purchase soybean planted on cleared forestland after July 2008 in the Brazilian Amazon, and has been renewed every year since this data. Nevertheless, the expansion of crop production may occur over pasturelands, causing indirect effects like as expansion of pasture elsewhere. This pasturelands displacement effect, induced by soybean expansion, is called indirect land use changes (iLUCs). iLUCs not are easily observed, because are associated with changes that occur in distant regions each other and induced by a complex range of factors acting together. This project provides the first spatially explicit estimates of productivity increase in Brazil, using a method to account for the seasonality of different types of land cover (crop phenological cycles) applied to data obtained from satellite image time series. We provide a complete record of all land changes in Cerrado and Amazon biomes, in Brazil, during the 2003-2016 period. Based on this data set, we can derive the gains in agricultural productivity based on combining detail remote sensing information with survey data. In addition, we will investigate direct and indirect environmental impacts from growing agricultural productivity in these biomes.
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