Ecoregions and land cover trends in Senegal

Journal of Arid Environments
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This study examines long-term changes in Senegal's natural resources. We monitor and quantify land use and land cover changes occurring across Senegal using nearly 40 years of satellite imagery, aerial surveys, and fieldwork. We stratify Senegal into ecological regions and present land use and land cover trends for each region, followed by a national summary. Results aggregated to the national level show moderate change, with a modest decrease in savannas from 74 to 70 percent from 1965 to 2000, and an expansion of cropland from 17 to 21 percent. However, at the ecoregion scale, we observed rapid change in some and relative stability in others. One particular concern is the decline in Senegal's biodiverse forests. However, in the year 2000, Senegal's savannas, woodlands, and forests still cover more than two-thirds of the country, and the rate of agricultural expansion has slowed.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Ecoregions and land cover trends in Senegal
Series title Journal of Arid Environments
DOI 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2004.03.018
Volume 59
Issue 3
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 36 p.
First page 427
Last page 462
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N