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Spatial assessment of forest cover and land-use changes in the Hindu-Kush mountain ranges of northern Pakistan
Sami ULLAH; Muhammad FAROOQ; Muhammad SHAFIQUE; Muhammad Afra SIYAB; Fazli KAREEM; Matthias DEES
Corresponding AuthorSami ULLAH
2016-07
Source PublicationJournal of Mountain Science
ISSN1672-6316
Volume13Issue:7Pages:1229-1237
Subtype期刊论文
AbstractAnthropogenic activities and natural processes are continuously altering the mountainous environment through deforestation, forest degradation and other land-use changes. It is highly important to assess, monitor and forecast forest cover and other land-use changes for the protection and conservation of mountainous environment. The present study deals with the assessment of forest cover and other land-use changes in the mountain ranges of Dir Kohistan in northern Pakistan, using high resolution multi-temporal SPOT-5 satellite images. The SPOT-5 satellite images of years 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013 were acquired and classified into land-cover units. In addition, forest cover and land-use change detection map was developed using the classified maps of 2004 and2013.The classified maps were verified through random field samples and Google Earth imagery (Quick birds and SPOT-5). The results showed that during the period 2004 to 2013 the area of forest land decreased by 6.4%, however, area of range land and agriculture land have increased by 22.1% and 2.9%, respectively. Similarly, barren land increased by 1.1%, whereas, area of snow cover/glacier is significantly decreased by 21.3%. The findings from the study will be useful for forestry and landscape planning and can be utilized by the local, provincial and national forest departments; and REDD+ policy makers in Pakistan.
KeywordForest Cover Changes Land Use Changes Remote Sensing Hindu-kush Mountain Regions Spot Satellite Images
DOI10.1007/s11629-015-3456-3
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
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Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/17261
CollectionJournal of Mountain Science_Journal of Mountain Science-2016_Vol13 No.7
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Sami ULLAH,Muhammad FAROOQ,Muhammad SHAFIQUE,et al. Spatial assessment of forest cover and land-use changes in the Hindu-Kush mountain ranges of northern Pakistan[J]. Journal of Mountain Science,2016,13(7):1229-1237.
APA Sami ULLAH,Muhammad FAROOQ,Muhammad SHAFIQUE,Muhammad Afra SIYAB,Fazli KAREEM,&Matthias DEES.(2016).Spatial assessment of forest cover and land-use changes in the Hindu-Kush mountain ranges of northern Pakistan.Journal of Mountain Science,13(7),1229-1237.
MLA Sami ULLAH,et al."Spatial assessment of forest cover and land-use changes in the Hindu-Kush mountain ranges of northern Pakistan".Journal of Mountain Science 13.7(2016):1229-1237.
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