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Remote Sensing & GIS for Land Cover/Land Use Change Detection and Analysis in the Semi-Natural Ecosystems and Agriculture Landscapes of the Central Ethiopian Rift Valley

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Nowadays earth observation satellites continuously acquire huge amounts of data with the effect that the capacity of current technologies to extract and analyse spatial data can hardly cope up properly. This abundance of spatial data is especially in developing countries not adequately used because the setup of spatial data infrastructure is at its infancy.
This research work represents a valuable step towards the establishment of the relationship of spectral signatures of MODIS satellite imagery and biophysical characteristics of agricultural and semi-natural ecosystems along parts of the Ethiopian Rift Valley. Important issues regarding the assessment of multi-temporal dynamics of the encroachment of protected areas by livestock are systematically investigated by analyzing the monthly animal feed shortage or surplus as detected by MODIS imagery. Easy-to-handle empirical formulae and extended models of respective calculation are provided. The trend of degradation of ecologically important areas is accurately mapped and the annual net loss is calculated.
Experts and stakeholders in natural resources management, in remote sensing and GIS with special regard to assessment of land degradation and sustainable land management as well as policy makers dealing with environment governance and students aspiring to become experts in natural resources management and remote sensing and/or GIS for ecological regional development may find this book useful for enlarging their methodological as well as practical level of knowledge.

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Titel: Remote Sensing & GIS for Land Cover/Land Use Change Detection and Analysis in the Semi-Natural Ecosystems and Agriculture Landscapes of the Central Ethiopian Rift Valley
Autoren/Herausgeber: Bedru Muzein, Elmar Csaplovics (Hrsg.)
Aus der Reihe: Fernerkundung und angewandte Geoinformatik
Ausgabe: 1. Auflage

ISBN/EAN: 9783941216235

Seitenzahl: 190
Format: 25 x 17,6 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 300 g
Sprache: Englisch

Bedru Sherefa Muzein (born in 1971) studied Forestry at the Alemaya University (Ethiopia) and worked in various natural resources management related projects. In 1999 he joined the Technology University of Dresden where he completed his MSc (2001) and PhD (2007) in the use of Remote Sensing and GIS technologies for monitoring land degradation and ecosystems dynamics.
Bedru S. Muzein is an expert in the use of contemporary geospatial technologies for natural resources and environmental monitoring. He has been working in the areas of natural resources, biodiversity, water management and related fields in international and national organisations in Europe and Africa. He is a recognised practitioner and trainer of GIS and Remote Sensing methods in these fields.
This thesis was written in partial fulfilment of his Dr. rer. nat. degree received from the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing at the Technology University of Dresden in 2007.

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