Recognized as one of the world's most vital natural and cultural resources, the Amazon faces a wide variety of threats from natural resource and infrastructure development. Within this context, rigorous scientific study of the region's complex social-ecological system is critical to inform and direct decision-making toward more sustainable environmental and social outcomes. Given the Amazon's tightly linked social and ecological components and the scope of potential development impacts, effective study of this system requires an easily accessible resource that provides a broad and reliable data baseline. This paper brings together multiple datasets from diverse disciplines (including human health, socio-economics, environment, hydrology, and energy) to provide investigators with a variety of baseline data to explore the multiple long-term effects of infrastructure development in the Brazilian Amazon.
Point data on river water level, river discharge/flow, and daily precipitation for the Amazon, Tocantins/Araguaia, Paraná, and Atlantic watersheds contained within the Brazilian Amazon.
Disease incidence data by municipality of residence, including malaria, dengue fever, cutaneous leishmaniasis, and HIV/AIDS, for the Amazon region of Brazil.
Environmental variables including mean monthly rainfall, dry season length, original forest cover, and surface water cover, aggregated by municipality in the Brazilian Amazon.
Socio-economic variables related to demography, education, income, work, agriculture, quality of life, poverty, and gold mining in Amazonian municipalities of Brazil.
Hydroelectric Dams Dataset
Information for operating large hydroelectric dams (> 30 MW) in the Brazilian Amazon, including the following variables: dam name, affected river, construction start date, reservoir fill date, operation date, approved energy output, actual energy output, reservoir area, municipalities directly affected by the dam, and area of each municipality flooded by the dam.
Municipal Map (2010) for Brazilian Amazon
Original 2010 digital municipal map shape files for the Brazilian Amazon states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Para, Rondonia, Roraima, and Tocantins. Maps are produced by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (Instituto Brasileira de Geografia e Estatistica - IBGE; www.ibge.gov.br). Downloads can be made by state from the ftp site: ftp://geoftp.ibge.gov.br/malhas_digitais/municipio_2010/.
Original Health Datasets
Originally downloaded health datasets for dengue fever, cutaneous leishmaniasis and HIV/AIDS.