Forest Cover Change in the Toledo District, Belize from 1975 to 1999: A Remote Sensing Approach

Emch, Michael and Quinn, James and Peterson, Marc and Alexander, Mark (2005) Forest Cover Change in the Toledo District, Belize from 1975 to 1999: A Remote Sensing Approach. The Professional Geographer, 57 (2). pp. 256-267. ISSN 0033-0124

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    Abstract

    Measuring land-cover change is an essential part of sustainable conservation planning. This project uses Landsat MSS and ETMþ data to document forest cover change in the Toledo District, Belize, from 1975 to 1999 and provides an initial assessment of why these changes took place. Supervised and subpixel classification methods were employed. The results showed an aggregate forest loss of almost 10 percent, which is approximately 36,000 ha. Deforestation expanded significantly in the most populous Mayan areas of centralToledo District and along the Guatemalan border. Subpixel classification results showed that in 1999 the most densely forested areas were in northern Toledo District in the Maya Mountains.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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    Unique ID or DOI: 10.1111/j.0033-0124.2005.476_1.x
    Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
    Keywords: Belize, land-use, land-cover change, satellite remote sensing
    Subjects: (C) Ecosystems > (CC) Terrestrial > (CCA) Broad-Leaved Forest
    (C) Ecosystems > (CC) Terrestrial > (CCB) Savanna
    (C) Ecosystems > (CC) Terrestrial > (CCC) Wetlands
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    Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2010 14:53
    Last Modified: 20 Jan 2011 14:28
    URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1093

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