Earth, Energy & Environment
Received: 18 Jul 2019 , Published: 19 July 2019
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|1||Mohammed Ishag Arbab|
|2||Mahgoub Suliman Mohamedain|
|3||Abdelaziz Karamalla Gaiballa|
|4||Mohammed Abdelmanan Hassan|
Assessing and monitoring forest cover change researches are useful in providing information necessary to support policies and decisions to conserve, protect and manage the forest on a sustainable basis. This research deals with assessing the past and a recent change in EL-Rawashda Forest using multi-temporal Landsat images for the years 1988, 1998, 2007 and 2018 and field verification data. In addition to that linear Regression Trend (Slope) analysis that simulates the spatial trends of vegetation cover has been calculated from NDVI results to reflect the changes. The results showed that there was a significant change in EL-Rawashda Forest cover over the past 30 years. Moreover, the study found that the increment of agricultural activities inside EL-Rawashda Forest through the toungya agroforestry system was one of the main causes of forest trees clearance. Furthermore, the results of the Slope analysis revealed that change in the forest cover was accounted for 56% of the total area, with almost 3.11% rate of deterioration. These results emphasized that the forest cover change has impacts on the climate change and forest ecosystem. Therefore, the study results were useful in providing necessary inputs to refine policies and decisions for management and improvement of forests in the area.
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