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Remote sensing and geographic information system-based African civet habitat mapping in Andracha, Ethiopia

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Dagnachew Melese

Addis Ababa University, Department of Zoological Sciences, P.O. Box No. 1176, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Karuturi Venkata Suryabhagavan

Addis Ababa University, Remote Sensing and GIS Stream, School of Earth Sciences, P.O. Box No. 1176, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Melakneh Gelet

Addis Ababa University, Remote Sensing and GIS Stream, School of Earth Sciences, P.O. Box No. 1176, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Mundanthra Balakrishnan

Addis Ababa University, Department of Zoological Sciences, P.O. Box No. 1176, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 8(1), 083502 (Dec 19, 2014). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.8.083502
History: Received June 19, 2014; Accepted November 19, 2014
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Abstract.  Remote sensing and geographic information systems have enormous applications in ecological studies, particularly in the habitat analysis of wild animals. The present study aimed to evaluate the habitats of the African civet in Andracha, Ethiopia, in order to generate geo-referenced ecological data on the habitats of this species. Habitat evaluation and habitat changes during 1986 to 2012 were analyzed using LANDSAT imageries. In the year 1986, 1017.56km2 (99.75%) of the study area was covered with forest, but in 2012 only 949.61km2 (93.09%) had forest cover. There has been a reduction of 5.97% forest cover at a rate of 0.22% per year since 1986. The study area has been classified into three suitability categories based on forest cover, water, settlement/agriculture, road and slope. Currently, 611.07km2 (59.9%) of the area has dense forest cover, which is less preferred by the African civet, 336.75km2 (33.01%) is moderately interfered with human activities and is suitable for civets, and 70.56km2 (6.91%) is degraded forest around human habitats, which is highly preferred by civets. Habitat suitability analysis is useful to predict potential habitats of African civets in Ethiopia and elsewhere in Africa.

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Dagnachew Melese ; Karuturi Venkata Suryabhagavan ; Melakneh Gelet and Mundanthra Balakrishnan
"Remote sensing and geographic information system-based African civet habitat mapping in Andracha, Ethiopia", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 8(1), 083502 (Dec 19, 2014). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.8.083502


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