Rates and Drivers of Land Use Land Cover Change in the Agricultural Frontier of Mato Grosso, Brazil

Collaborator: Leah VanWey
Research Theme: Development, Institutions and Demographic Change
Location: Federative Republic of Brazil
Funding: NASA

In this new project, VanWey joins Brown Geosciences Professor John Mustard in leading a team of researchers studying agricultural development in Brazil.  The project focuses on the agricultural frontier of Mato Grosso, where there are not only rapid and large-scale land transformations (ex from natural land cover to agriculture, and from pasture to crop), but also the most rapid population growth in the country, the highest human development index in the country, and dramatic economic growth. The team combines extensive field data collection on land use with analyses of moderate resolution satellite data to measure land use change, and then relates these changes to time series of economic, demographic and other data.