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Land Use Changes (1970–2020) and Carbon Emissions in the Colombian Llanos

ByAndrés Etter, Armando Sarmiento, Milton H. Romero

Regional and local land use changes driven by the growing demands of the world population are considered prime factors contributing to the observed global climate change trends (Foley et al., 2005; Pielke et al., 2002). One major impact of such land use changes along the expanding agricultural fronts on climate is through carbon emissions from deforestation in forests and changing fire patterns, cattle densities, and vegetation biomass in

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Introduction .........................................................................................................383 Background and Study Area .............................................................................385 Data and Methods ...............................................................................................388