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|Title:||Geoinformatics for the Environmental Surveillance of Protected Areas in Africa|
|Authors:||NELSON Andrew; HARTLEY Andrew; DUBOIS Gregoire; PUNGA Mihkel|
|Citation:||Proceedings of the StatGIS09: GeoInformatics for Environmental Surveillance p. 1-6|
|Type:||Contributions to Conferences|
|Abstract:||Abstract. The African Protected Areas Assessment Tool (APAAT) is an online information system developed for decision makers to help them as-sess the state of 741 protected areas in Africa and prioritize them according to biodiversity values and threats when allocating funds. Largely based on satellite technology, the system has also been developed as an experimental early warning system for detecting environmental anomalies in the pro-tected areas. Every ten days (dekads) fire activity, vegetation growth, vege-tation water content, the percentage of water bodies and rainfall are auto-matically compared against seasonal norms and alerts can be issued. In ad-dition to this short term monitoring activity, a longer term approach is fore-seen which will allow the monitoring and possibly the forecasting of the impact of the main threats to biodiversity, namely habitat degradation and climate change.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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