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Land Cover Change in Colombia: Surprising Forest Recovery Trends between 2001 and 2010

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Sánchez-Cuervo, A. M., Aide, T. M., Clark, M. L., & Etter, A. (2012). Land Cover Change in Colombia: Surprising Forest Recovery Trends between 2001 and 2010. PLoS ONE, 7(8).

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Corresponding author:


  • Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States of America
  • Department of Geography and Global Studies, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, United States of America
  • Departamento de Ecología y Territorio, Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá D.C., Colombia


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  • The Authors , mapped annual land-use and land-cover from 2001 to 2010 in Colombia using MODIS (250 m) products coupled with reference data from high spatial resolution imagery (QuickBird) in Google Earth.
  • They evaluated land cover change at four spatial scales: country,biome, ecoregion, and municipality.
  • Their results show that from 1,117 municipalities, 820 had a net gain in woody vegetation (28,092 km2) while 264 had a net loss (11,129 km2), which resulted in a net gain of 16,963 km2 in woody vegetation at the national scale.
  • Their work, also shows that woody regrowth mainly occurred in areas previously classified as mixed woody/plantation rather than agriculture/herbaceous, and the majority of this gain occurred in the Moist Forest biome, within the montane forest ecoregions.


Geographical Region

  • Amazon Basin
  • Andean Region
  • Country

  • Colombia
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