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Atmospheric impact of economic and industrial activity

The economic and industrial activity is responsible for major changes in land use. As an example we can mention the deforestation suffered by large areas of forest and jungle in Latin America. These areas are destined to different productive activities, such as soybean growth. Another example is the substitution of various urban green spaces by cement covered areas, such as shopping malls or parking lots. These changes in land use reduce their carbon capture capability with direct effects on atmospheric composition.

The project, started in 2015, studies the atmospheric accumulation of CO2 and other greenhouse gases due to changes in land use linked to economic and industrial activities. The aim is to develop an indicator that allows us to assess such impacts and help when making decisions that could influence climate change.