Title: Application of geoinformatics for landscape assessment and conserving forest biodiversity in northeast India
Author: Kumar, Ashish; Marcot, Bruce G.; Talukdar, Gautam; Roy, P.S.
Source: Asian Journal of Geoinformatics. 12(1): 13 p
Description: Herein, we summarize our work, within forest ecosystems of Garo Hills in northeast India, on mapping vegetation and land cover conditions, delineating wildlife habitat corridors among protected areas, evaluating forest conservation values of influence zones bordering protected areas, analyzing dispersion patterns of native forests, and determining potential effects of shifting-cultivation agriculture and anthropogenic stressors on an umbrella species (Asian elephant) as an indicator of forest biodiversity. This work demonstrates our use of multiple geoinformatic methods to help advise on conservation of native forests, wildlife, and biodiversity at the landscape scale. We also suggest some recent advances in geoinformatic techniques and models that could be further applied to our study area and beyond.
Keywords: geoinformatics, spatial statistics, forest management, biodiversity conservation, Garo Hills, Meghalaya, northeast India, shifting cultivation
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Kumar, Ashish; Marcot, Bruce G.; Talukdar, Gautam; Roy, P.S. 2012. Application of geoinformatics for landscape assessment and conserving forest biodiversity in northeast India. Asian Journal of Geoinformatics. 12(1): 13 p.