Land Use Change in the Amazon

Along the lines of the land use change issues Roger Pielke Sr. has been discussing, an interesting paper today in GRL looking at the differences between turning the Amazon rain forest into pasture, versus turning it into soybeans:

Results show that the decrease in precipitation after a soybean extension is significantly higher when compared to the change after a pastureland extension, a consequence of the very high albedo of the soybean.

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