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Earth Sciences & Geography - Geographical Information Systems | Over-Exploitation of Forests - A Case Study from North East India

Over-Exploitation of Forests

A Case Study from North East India

Saikia, Anup

2014, VIII, 72 p. 35 illus., 28 illus. in color.

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  • Presents research on forest loss of a global biodiversity hotspot
  • Describes how a standard tool like GIS can bring new insight into forestry and biodiversity research
  • Focuses on North East India, a relatively little studied area
North east India is a global biodiversity hotspot but a quite understudied area. Forest loss has always been problematic in the area. Using Landsat satellite data from three periods (70s, 80s/90s and 2010s), forest loss is assessed in sample protected areas and other sites in the study area. Processing is undertaken using image processing and standard GIS tools. The landscape metrics of select sites are assessed using the widely used program Fragstats. The central discussion of the study involves the drivers of forest loss.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Biodiversity Hotspot - Drivers of Forest Loss - Encroachment - Karbi Anglong - Namdapha National Park

Related subjects » Ecology - Forestry - Geographical Information Systems

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