Definitions and Mapping of East African Wetlands: A Review
AbstractWetlands provide invaluable ecosystem services and contribute significantly to food security around the world. To maintain these functions, wetlands need to be protected from rapid transformation and overuse. Spatially-explicit information is required for sustainable wetland management. Development of wetland maps based on remote sensing requires a clear-cut definition of wetlands. This review was undertaken to improve the understanding of these habitats from a remote sensing perspective and to determine available wetland map layers for the East African countries of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. This study includes three components: (1) a review of the availability and types of wetland definitions from the scientific literature record (including 245 separate references); (2) a systematic analysis of land use/land cover classifications and the conceptual approaches and spatial coverages of wetland classes for each system; and (3) a depiction of wetland layers and a discussion of their suitability for use in regional inventories. Our literature review shows that a standard definition of wetlands is not in use, and a specific definition of wetlands is not given in more than 40% of the reviewed remote sensing publications. Spatial information on East African wetlands is currently insufficient for use in regional wetland management. View Full-Text
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Amler, E.; Schmidt, M.; Menz, G. Definitions and Mapping of East African Wetlands: A Review. Remote Sens. 2015, 7, 5256-5282.
Amler E, Schmidt M, Menz G. Definitions and Mapping of East African Wetlands: A Review. Remote Sensing. 2015; 7(5):5256-5282.Chicago/Turabian Style
Amler, Esther; Schmidt, Michael; Menz, Gunter. 2015. "Definitions and Mapping of East African Wetlands: A Review." Remote Sens. 7, no. 5: 5256-5282.