Agricultural Expansion and Its Consequences in the Taita Hills, Kenya

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Pellikka , P , Clark , B , Gonsamo Gosa , A , Himberg , N , Hurskainen , P , Maeda , E E , Mwang´ombe , J , Omoro , L & Siljander , M 2013 , Agricultural Expansion and Its Consequences in the Taita Hills, Kenya . in P Paron , D Ochieng Olago & C Thine Omuto (eds) , Kenya: a Natural Outlook : Geo-Environmental Resources and Hazards . Developments in Earth Surface Processes , no. 16 , North-Holland Pub. Co , Amsterdam, the Netherlands , pp. 165-179 .

Title: Agricultural Expansion and Its Consequences in the Taita Hills, Kenya
Author: Pellikka, Petri; Clark, Barnaby; Gonsamo Gosa, Alemu; Himberg, Nina; Hurskainen, Pekka; Maeda, Eduardo Eiji; Mwang´ombe, James; Omoro, Loice; Siljander, Mika
Other contributor: Paron, Paolo
Ochieng Olago, Daniel
Thine Omuto, Christian
Contributor organization: Department of Geosciences and Geography
Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
Department of Forest Sciences
Publisher: North-Holland Pub. Co
Date: 2013
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Kenya: a Natural Outlook
Belongs to series: Developments in Earth Surface Processes
ISBN: 978-0-444-59559-1
Abstract: The indigenous cloud forests in the Taita Hills have suffered substantial degradation for several centuries due to agricultural expansion. Additionally, climate change imposes an imminent threat for local economy and environmental sustainability. In such circumstances, elaborating tools to conciliate socioeconomic growth and natural resources conservation is an enormous challenge. This chapter describes applications of remote sensing and geographic information systems for assessing land-cover changes in the Taita Hills and its surrounding lowlands. Furthermore, it provides an overall assessment on the consequences of land-cover changes to water resources, biodiversity and livelihoods. The analyses presented in this study were undertaken at multiple spatial scales, using field data, airborne digital images and satellite imagery. Furthermore, a modelling framework was designed to delineate agricultural expansion projections and evaluate the future impacts of agriculture on soil erosion and irrigation water demand.
Subject: 1171 Geosciences
4111 Agronomy
5203 Global Development Studies
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion
Funder: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
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