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, going back to the year 2000.

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.

INPE’s most recent data is now published at TerraBrasilis. We have refrained from updating to this new source, as it only contains detailed spatial data, rather than agregated, municipality-level data.


  1. dataset: "deforestation"

  2. raw_data: there are two options:

  3. language: you can choose between Portuguese ("pt") and English ("eng")


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