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Where will the loggers strike next? Map could model deforestation vulnerability across the Amazon rainforest | guardian.co.uk

Researchers from Imperial College London say their map of timber prices could be used to model regional vulnerability to deforestation across the Amazon rainforest

Researchers exploring the value of different types of timber across the Amazon rainforest have produced a fascinating choropleth map to illustrate their findings.

Shown above, it consists of timber values plotted on a gridded map of equal-area cells, each 0.25km-squared in size. Click on the image to view the full-size version.

Sadia Ahmed and Robert Ewers, both of Imperial College London, carried out the study and believe its findings could provide a method for predicting future deforestation patterns in the region.

Their theory is that a knowledge of spatial patterns in timber value could play an important role in helping conservation groups target the areas at highest risk of imminent logging.

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