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An examination of forest cover change at Angkor, Cambodia, using satellite imagery, interviews and interpretation of historical events

Wales, Nathan (2020) An examination of forest cover change at Angkor, Cambodia, using satellite imagery, interviews and interpretation of historical events. Applied Geography, 122 (1). pp. 1-12. ISSN 0143-6228

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    Abstract

    In the three decades since the mid-1970s through to the early 2000s forest cover at the Angkor World Heritage Site, Cambodia has not progressed linearly but in response to different historical events. This research uses multiple methods in comparing satellite image classification with key informant interviews and other forms of data at the landscape scale and at case studies to provide an historical perspective on forest cover change. The earliest date corresponds to the beginning of the civil war in Cambodia through to a time when a number of events had contributed to significant change in forest pattern and extent at Angkor. The change observed is a result of regulatory controls on land use, ongoing subsistence resource use activities and other events and processes, and more broadly reflects a country in transition and a history of conflict relating to resource governance. The research demonstrates that multiple methods combining medium resolution satellite imagery with interview data and processes detectable at specific time periods can be used to understand patterns of forest change and establish links to processes on the ground.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
    G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
    G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Q Science > Q Science (General) > Q1-390 Science (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
    Depositing User: Nathan Wales
    Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2020 15:49
    Last Modified: 07 Aug 2020 15:49
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12248
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