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Natural and anthropogenic influences on the Nhecolândia wetlands, SE Pantanal, Brazil

Castro de Oliveira, Emiliano; Pla-Pueyo, Sila; Hackney, Christopher


Emiliano Castro de Oliveira

Sila Pla-Pueyo

Christopher Hackney


The Nhecolândia region covers the southern wetlands of the Pantanal basin in Brazil. Characterized by myriad shallow freshwater and alkaline–saline lakes, the distinct natural features of the Nhecolândia wetland make it highly sensitive to climate change and the effects of human activities. This paper summarizes the natural and social aspects that have affected this delicate wetland and potential future impacts. We analysed the response of the wetland to historical changes in climate and human activity and used this understanding to forecast the response of the wetland to future changes. The data presented here show that this region is particularly sensitive to alterations in the flood regime, droughts and deforestation, which are intrinsically related to both global and local changes in climate and the intensification of cattle-ranching activities, which include deforestation and the introduction of cultivated pastures.


Castro de Oliveira, E., Pla-Pueyo, S., & Hackney, C. (2019). Natural and anthropogenic influences on the Nhecolândia wetlands, SE Pantanal, Brazil. Geological Society Special Publications, 488, 167-180.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Dec 10, 2018
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Nov 7, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Print ISSN 0305-8719
Publisher Geological Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 488
Pages 167-180
Series Title Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Series Number SP488
Series ISSN 0305-8719
Book Title Rain, Rivers and Reservoirs: Geoscience to Engineering
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