WLRC Land Cover Map 2016 (Overview Map Series) Scale: 1:500,000

Krauer, Jürg; Gämperli, Ursula; Hurni, Kaspar; Fries, Matthias; Zeleke, Gete; Kassawmar, Tibebu; Yohannes, Aragie (2019). WLRC Land Cover Map 2016 (Overview Map Series) Scale: 1:500,000 [Map]. In: Thematic Standard Map Series 1:500,000. Bern: Centre for Development and Environment

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The main methodological approach implemented to map the complex landscapes of Ethiopia at the required scales for the MapServer series was the majority and minority concept of landscape segregation that translated into the HICU-based mapping (Homogenous Image Classification Units). The employment of such an ‘exclusion-based’ approach (e.g. sub-setting of the Landsat imagery and gradually reducing the minorities/majorities) can be considered as a breakthrough in deriving important land cover information in heterogeneous landscapes, such as the rainfed agricultural area of Ethiopia. Nevertheless, the final land cover was mapped using an approach that combined the automated HICU approach with expert knowledge and visual delimination of units. This approach made it possible to distinguish cultivated land from other land use or land cover classes. Unsurprisingly, the actual amount of cultivated land is considerably larger than that indicated by official statistics in use since the mid-1980s, when the rural population was half its current size. T he team also mapped large-scale land use systems, inclusive of any foreign direct investments. Results of the study show there has been a considerable expansion and intensification of farming in the past three decades, unfortunately leading to more soil erosion.

Item Type:

Audiovisual Material & Event (Map)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Krauer, Jürg; Gämperli, Ursula; Hurni, Kaspar and Fries, Matthias

Subjects:

500 Science
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology

Publisher:

Centre for Development and Environment

Funders:

[97] Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Projects:

[436] Water and Land Resource Centre Project Official URL

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ursula Gämperli Krauer

Date Deposited:

30 Sep 2019 13:05

Last Modified:

06 Feb 2020 12:25

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.132935

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/132935

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