The assessment of deforestation, forest degradation, and carbon release in myanmar 2000-2010

Chuyuan Wang, Soe Myint, Maya Hutchins

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Myanmar is rich in forest resources. Deforestation and forest degradation in Myanmar have recently attracted much attention worldwide. This Chapter explores spatio-temporal patterns of deforestation and forest degradation, and assesses forest carbon release in Myanmar between 2000 and 2010 using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite imagery. Results suggest that the total deforestation area during the study period was 82,426 km2 with an annual deforestation rate of 2.07%. The total forest degradation area was 85.5 km2 with an annual degradation rate of 0.002%. Evergreen broadleaf forests had the largest deforestation area, and the highest deforestation rate was found for deciduous broadleaf forests. Evergreen needleleaf forests had the highest degradation rate, and mixed forests had the largest degradation area. The total forest carbon release was 18.5 million tons with an annual rate of 0.45%. Mixed forests released the largest amount of carbon, and evergreen needleleaf forests had the highest carbon release rate. No carbon sequestration has been found for any type of forest in this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Change in the Himalayan Region
Subtitle of host publicationTwelve Case Studies
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages47-64
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030033620
ISBN (Print)9783030033613
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Myanmar
Conservation of Natural Resources
deforestation
Carbon
degradation
carbon
evergreen forest
mixed forest
mixed forests
Satellite Imagery
forest resource
deciduous forest
carbon sequestration
satellite imagery
broadleaved evergreen forests
MODIS
rate
Forests
moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer
forest resources

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  • Carbon release
  • Deforestation
  • Forest degradation
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  • Modis
  • Myanmar
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Wang, C., Myint, S., & Hutchins, M. (2019). The assessment of deforestation, forest degradation, and carbon release in myanmar 2000-2010. In Environmental Change in the Himalayan Region: Twelve Case Studies (pp. 47-64). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03362-0_3

The assessment of deforestation, forest degradation, and carbon release in myanmar 2000-2010. / Wang, Chuyuan; Myint, Soe; Hutchins, Maya.

Environmental Change in the Himalayan Region: Twelve Case Studies. Springer International Publishing, 2019. p. 47-64.

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Wang, C, Myint, S & Hutchins, M 2019, The assessment of deforestation, forest degradation, and carbon release in myanmar 2000-2010. in Environmental Change in the Himalayan Region: Twelve Case Studies. Springer International Publishing, pp. 47-64. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03362-0_3
Wang C, Myint S, Hutchins M. The assessment of deforestation, forest degradation, and carbon release in myanmar 2000-2010. In Environmental Change in the Himalayan Region: Twelve Case Studies. Springer International Publishing. 2019. p. 47-64 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03362-0_3
Wang, Chuyuan ; Myint, Soe ; Hutchins, Maya. / The assessment of deforestation, forest degradation, and carbon release in myanmar 2000-2010. Environmental Change in the Himalayan Region: Twelve Case Studies. Springer International Publishing, 2019. pp. 47-64
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