Remote Sens. 2010, 2(3), 740-757; doi:10.3390/rs2030740
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An Analysis of the Spatial Colonization of Scrubland Intrusive Species in the Itabo and Guanabo Watershed, Cuba

1 Physical Geography Department, University of Málaga, Spain 2 Faculty of Geography, University of Havana, Cuba 3 Tropical Geography Institute, Havana, Cuba
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Received: 26 January 2010; in revised form: 3 February 2010 / Accepted: 10 February 2010 / Published: 9 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geomorphological Processes and Natural Hazards)
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Abstract: During the last twenty years, numerous agricultural and farming areas of Cuba have seen a marked increase in invading plants; among the most common species found is the Marabú (Dychrostachys cinerea) and the Aroma (Acacia farnesiana). In the present study, an analysis was carried out of the expansion of these species over the last two decades, in the river basin of the Guanabo (17 km north-east of Havana). This was done by digital processing of satellite images and an analysis of the spatial and statistical data of the Geographical Information System (GIS). The zones most affected by this scrubland were mapped and a study of how natural factors may have influenced land use and the tendency of these species to increase was carried out.
Keywords: Cuba; scrubland intrusive; land degradation; GIS and remote sensing

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Ruiz Sinoga, J.D.; Noa, R.R.; Perez, D.F. An Analysis of the Spatial Colonization of Scrubland Intrusive Species in the Itabo and Guanabo Watershed, Cuba. Remote Sens. 2010, 2, 740-757.

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Ruiz Sinoga JD, Noa RR, Perez DF. An Analysis of the Spatial Colonization of Scrubland Intrusive Species in the Itabo and Guanabo Watershed, Cuba. Remote Sensing. 2010; 2(3):740-757.

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Ruiz Sinoga, Jose Damian; Noa, Ricardo Remond; Perez, Danai Fernandez. 2010. "An Analysis of the Spatial Colonization of Scrubland Intrusive Species in the Itabo and Guanabo Watershed, Cuba." Remote Sens. 2, no. 3: 740-757.

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