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dc.contributor.authorSchröter, Matthiasen_US
dc.contributor.authorJakoby, Oliveren_US
dc.contributor.authorOlbrich, Rolanden_US
dc.contributor.authorEichhorn, Marcusen_US
dc.contributor.authorBaumgärtner, Stefanen_US
dc.description.abstractBush encroachment is one of the most extensive changes in land cover in Namibia and an urgent problem for cattle farming, rapidly reducing the productivity of the rangeland. Despite the severity of these consequences, a complete and accurate assessment of bush encroached areas is still missing at large. This study aims at assessing bush encroachment on commercial cattle farms in central Namibia by employing remote sensing methods to distinguish between areas covered by bush and open rangeland. Herein we use different classification techniques and vegetation indices to characterize the nature of vegetation cover. Our analysis shows that results are sensitive to specific classifications of indices. As an accuracy assessment could not be run on these results we could not analyze which classification approximates real bush encroachment best. Hence, this study highlights the need for further analysis. Ground truth data, in the form of field mappings, high resolution aerial photographs or local expert knowledge are needed to gain further insights and produce reliable results.en_US
dc.publisher|aUniv., Inst. für Volkswirtschaftslehre |cLüneburgen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aUniversity of Lüneburg Working Paper Series in Economics |x131en_US
dc.subject.keywordRemote sensingen_US
dc.subject.keywordsemi-arid rangelandsen_US
dc.subject.keywordcattle farmingen_US
dc.subject.keywordbush encroachmenten_US
dc.titleRemote sensing of bush encroachment on commercial cattle farms in semi-arid rangelands in Namibiaen_US
dc.type|aWorking Paperen_US

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