Rain-Forests' Deforestation

L. David Roper
6 April, 2016

Forests in the United States


In my quest to analyze data of global systems that are affected by or affect global warming, I have been looking for data about the deforestation of rain forests to analyze. The only good set of data I have found so far are for the Brazilian rain forest:

I take as "data" from the second column the values for 1977 and 1988-2008, and values of 4 for 1970 and 4.1 for 1900. A datum for 2009 is given in Nature 25 Nov 2010, vol. 468, p.489.

Units: 1 km^2 = 100 hectares = 0.3861 mi^2; 1 hectare = 10,000 m^2 = 2.471 acres = 107,639 ft^2.

Fit to the Data

I used the hyperbolic tangent function to fit the data. The best fit is:

The fit is , where a = 4.10, b = 3.21, t0 = 1993.1 and w = 20.7 .

One could be pessimistic and assume that humans will cut down the Brazilian rain forest until it is all gone, as has happened at other places on the Earth:

The "disappear" fit has seven times the chi square as the fit that levels off at ~3.2x106 fit.


It appears that the destruction of the Brazilean rain forest is coming to a close after about a 20% loss. Can that 20% be regained?







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