Remote Sensing Based Study on Vegetation Dynamics in Dry Lands of Kazakhstan

Remote Sensing Based Study on Vegetation Dynamics in Dry Lands of Kazakhstan
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The natural environment of drylands is highly vulnerable and fra¬gile, variations of climate conditions here are the highest among all terrestrial ecosystems and that is why they are expected to be strongly influenced by the current climate change. Remote sensing and GIS play an important role in a better understanding about the nature of climate impacts on the drylands as a whole system and on the vegetation cover as the most important component of this ecosystem at all scales from global to regional and local. This book is one of the first to examine the dynamics of drylands in Kazakhstan using time series of remote sensing derived data and climate records over the last 20 years. The author investigated the problem from different views and combined analyses at multiple time and spatial scales. The entire spectrum of the interrelationship between climate and vegetation cover - spatial and temporal, on the regional, subregional and local scale, interannual and within the growing season -, has been analysed, described and discussed. A new monitoring approach was presented which enables discrimination between climatic and anthropogenic forces in the complex of dryland dynamics. The text improves the understanding of the nature and mechanisms of the ecosystem dynamics in the internal Eurasia and provides the basis for predicting changes in vegetation productivity that accompany changes in climate and human activities. Taken as a whole, the results of this study present indispensable information for ecological and socio-economic research and may be used by scientists, landscape managers, and decision makers interested in this region.

About the author

Pavel Propastin, born in 1970 in Kazakhstan, studied geography and wrote his PhD thesis at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen. He is a research scientist in the Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing Department at this university. His main research activities focus on the integration of Remote Sensing and GIS in studies on climate dynamics and their impacts on the vegetation cover in Central Asia and Indonesia.


Lieferzeit 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Autor/-in Pavel Propastin
Herausgeber/-in Martin Kappas
Anzahl der Seiten 226
Sprache Englisch
Erscheinungsdatum 30.07.2007
Gewicht (kg) 0.3230
ISBN-13 9783898218238