Monitoring 25 years of land cover change dynamics in Africa: A sample based remote sensing approach

Brink, A.B. and Eva, H.D. (2009) Monitoring 25 years of land cover change dynamics in Africa: A sample based remote sensing approach. Applied Geography, 29 (4). pp. 501-512.

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The study examines the changes in sub-Saharan's natural land cover resources for a 25 year period. We assess these changes in four broad land cover classes – forests, natural non-forest vegetation, agriculture and barren – by using high spatial resolution Earth observing satellites. Two sets of sample images, one ‘historical’ targeted at 1975 and a second ‘recent’ targeted at the year 2000, have been selected through a stratified random sampling technique over the study area, targeting a sampling rate of 1% in each of the strata. The results, presented at eco-region level and aggregated at sub-Saharan level, show a 57% increase in agriculture area at the expense of natural vegetation which has itself decreased by 21% over the period, with nearly 5 million hectares forest and non-forest natural vegetation lost per year. The impacts of these changes on the environment on one site and on the socio-economy on the other site are discussed and possible pressures on human well being are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa; Land cover change; High resolution satellite data; Sampling
Author Affiliation: Global Environment Monitoring Unit, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Joint Research Centre – European Commission, Via E. Fermi, 2749, I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
Subjects: Social Sciences > Agricultural Extension,Technology, ICT
Statistics and Experimentation
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 07:08
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 07:08
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