Remote Sens. 2009, 1(4), 952-970; doi:10.3390/rs1040952
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Analysis of Land Use/Cover Changes and Animal Population Dynamics in a Wildlife Sanctuary in East Africa

Division of Spatial Information Science, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 305-8572, Japan
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Received: 9 October 2009; in revised form: 26 October 2009 / Accepted: 6 November 2009 / Published: 11 November 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecological Status and Change by Remote Sensing)
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Abstract: Changes in wildlife conservation areas have serious implications for ecological systems and the distribution of wildlife species. Using the Masai Mara ecosystem as an example, we analyzed long-term land use/cover changes and wildlife population dynamics. Multitemporal satellite images, together with physical and social economic data were employed in a post classification analysis with GIS to analyze outcomes of different land use practices and policies. The results show rapid land use/cover conversions and a drastic decline for a wide range of wildlife species. Integration of land use/cover monitoring data and wildlife resources data can allow for the analysis of changes, and can be used to project trends to provide knowledge about potential land use/cover change scenarios and ecological impacts.
Keywords: Masai Mara ecosystem; land use/cover; post classification analyses; GIS; wildlife habitat

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Ndegwa Mundia, C.; Murayama, Y. Analysis of Land Use/Cover Changes and Animal Population Dynamics in a Wildlife Sanctuary in East Africa. Remote Sens. 2009, 1, 952-970.

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Ndegwa Mundia C, Murayama Y. Analysis of Land Use/Cover Changes and Animal Population Dynamics in a Wildlife Sanctuary in East Africa. Remote Sensing. 2009; 1(4):952-970.

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Ndegwa Mundia, Charles; Murayama, Yuji. 2009. "Analysis of Land Use/Cover Changes and Animal Population Dynamics in a Wildlife Sanctuary in East Africa." Remote Sens. 1, no. 4: 952-970.

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