The Dataset

The PRODES project uses satellites to monitor deforestation in Brazil’s Legal Amazon. The raw data reports total and incremental (year-by-year) low-cut deforested area at the municipality level.

The data made available in this package goes back to the year 2000, with ongoing updates. In line with INPE’s API, requesting data for an unavailable year does not yield an error, but rather a best effort response (columns regarding observation data are filled with default values).

Data is collected based on the PRODES-year, which starts at August 1st and ends on July 31st. Accordingly, 2018 deforestation data covers the period from 01/08/2017 to 31/07/2018.


Using the function is easy enough:


# Download raw data (raw_data = TRUE) from 2000 to 2005 (time_period = 2000:2005).
data <- load_prodes(dataset = "prodes", 
                    raw_data = TRUE,
                    time_period = 2000:2005) 

# Download treated data (raw_data = FALSE) from 2010 (time_period = 2010) 
# in portuguese (language = 'pt').
data <- load_prodes(dataset = "prodes", 
                    raw_data = FALSE,
                    time_period = 2010,
                    language = 'pt')