Vegetation Dynamics and Climate Change Impacts in Zambia’s Savannas: Analysis Using Geospatial Techniques and Climate Modelling Approaches
||27 May 2021
||12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
||Online via Zoom
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The progression of climate change is affecting the ecosystem functions and species composition in savannas. However, climate change impacts are proving to be complex, non-linear and intractable. Multi-factorial spatiotemporal analyses needed to fully account for climate and non-climate drivers of ecosystem dynamics are still lacking, especially in African savannas. This study evaluates the relative contribution of climate and non-climate factors towards intra- and inter-annual variability of land use, land cover and landscape patterns across different environmental gradients in Zambia. It also projects potential impacts of climate change on the extent of vegetation types. By leveraging multi-resolution satellite imagery and machine learning, this study will contribute towards the development of a reliable national land resource inventory and inform evidence-based mitigatory strategies.