Special Issue "Landscape Changes in Savanna Systems: Understanding the Roles of Climate, Vegetation Dynamics, Parks and Protected Areas, Resources, People and Livelihoods"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2013)
Prof. Dr. Jane Southworth
Department of Geography, Land Use & Environmental Change Institute (LUECI), Florida Climate Institute (FCI), University of Florida, TUR 3141, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Phone: +1 352 392 0494
Interests: land change science; remote sensing of land cover; climate variability; human-environmental interaction; people and parks: social-ecological system resilience
The Kavango-Kwandu-Zambezi catchments that comprise our study area support an unmatched diversity of large mammal species and represent major investments in protected areas in the form of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area’s component parks and community conservation areas. Savanna vegetation ecosystem processes, and their phenological expression, are heavily influenced by climate variability. The IPCC (2007) predicts that southern Africa will experience an increase in climate variability and a decrease in precipitation. The research presented in this issue represents interactions of the human-environment system and also looks across spatial scales. At a regional scale the ecosystems have different resilience characteristics, and different response pathways to climatic perturbations, and at that time-scale analyses provide a significant improvement in methods for measuring and evaluating landscape resilience. Changes in climate are clearly driving change in some landscapes, if not in others, at scales that human managers cannot perceive easily. At more local scales, however, land use and management decisions are also relevant, and, perhaps of even greater importance, are the changes in variability. We look at how different regions and land management/livelihood strategies respond to past climate variability as well as issues related to other landscape drivers - herbivory, wildlife and parks. Overall this set of papers provides an in depth and interdisciplinary look at the land and landscapes of Southern Africa, experiencing significant climatic variability and various development strategies, as well as interesting linkages to wildlife and tourism, all across a four nation region (Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Angola).
Dr. Jane Southworth
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- climate variability
- Southern Africa
- landscape heterogeneity
- remote sensing