|And add remote sensing
The remote sensing
component is then added to the collection of African study sites
where long-term, field-based studies of land-use change are being
conducted. For most of these sites, a collaboration was established
with leading anthropologists.
Such analysis of landscape
dynamics generates spatial statistical models of land-cover change,
which can be used to:
- Test hypotheses
about change processes and their driving forces over an entire
- Suggest issues
that need more investigation via field work;
- Pinpoint project
areas at risk of being affected by land-cover conversion or modification
in the future;
- Evaluate the likely
impacts of such transformations.
The last two points
are particularly important for land use planners. They not only
need to measure the rates and identify the factors of land-cover
changes, but also anticipate where changes are likely to occur.