The impacts of Amazon deforestation on Pacific climate
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Variability in eastern Pacific sea surface temperatures (SSTs) associated with the El Niño Southern Oscillation are known to affect Amazonian precipitation, but to what extent do changing Amazonian vegetation and rainfall impact eastern Pacific SST? The Amazon rainforest is threatened by many factors including climate change and clearing for agricultural reasons. Forest fires and dieback are more likely due to increased frequency and intensity of droughts in the region. It is possible that extensive Amazon deforestation can enhance El Niño conditions by weakening the Walker circulation. ...