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| Professor of Physical Oceanography and Climate @ufsc | Member of the @WCRP_CLIVAR Atlantic Region Panel | Review Editor of the @IPCC_CH SRCCL
10 Sep 20
The Pantanal is currently on fire in Brazil and yet this doesn’t make the headlines. I don’t mean to say it is more or less important than current fires on the US west coast or the Australian fires last year, but this might be an consequence of climate change. A thread 1/n From ecoa.org.br
The Pantanal is the world's largest tropical wetland area or the world's largest flooded grassland. This is due to its position in relation to the Andes and the South American Low-Level Jet that channels moisture from the Amazon to this region. 2/n Image
The Pantanal is strongly dependent on the moisture and rainfall from the Amazon. It is worth noting that 40-50% of the cloud condensation nuclei are by-products of the Amazon forest. So, deforestation of the Amazon can and will exacerbate the droughts in the Pantanal. 3/n
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