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About LBA-ECO
What is LBA-ECO?

LBA-ECO was part of LBA, the largest cooperative international scientific project ever to study the interaction between the Amazon Forest and the regional and global atmospheres.

Introduction to LBA: the context for LBA-ECO
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Visit NASA's award-winning Earth Observatory's web series on LBA, highlighting LBA-ECO research. (PDF)
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"ECO" is short for Ecology which can be defined as "the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment ".

What is LBA?

The Large-Scale Biosphere Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA) is a cooperative international project led by Brazil. The Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology - MCT - is responsible for the policy management of LBA. The National Institute for Amazonian Research - INPA - is responsible for the scientific coordination of the experiment and for its implementation. Created through an international cooperative agreement, LBA has important institutional relations, including ties with over 40 Brazilian institutions, 25 institutions from various Amazonian countries, as well as institutions from the US and 8 European nations.

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Science Themes & Questions

LBA-ECO research is organized into four Science Themes, each with a specific set of Science Questions it seeks to address, based on an integrated approach to answering the overarching LBA-ECO science question.

The Overarching
LBA-ECO Science Question:

How do tropical forest conversion, re-growth, and selective logging, influence carbon storage, nutrient dynamics, trace gas fluxes, and the prospect for sustainable land use in Amazônia?

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