Monitoring Vegetation Change in the El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, Sonora, Mexico (1994-2005)

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Title:
Monitoring Vegetation Change in the El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, Sonora, Mexico (1994-2005)
Author:
Fisher de Leon, Anna Denisse
Issue Date:
2007
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
At a time of increasing climatological and anthropogenic impacts, managers of Natural Protected Areas in Mexico require monitoring efforts to assess the ecological integrity of their regions and adapt management activities accordingly. However, for many of these areas, like the Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve (PBR), the location and extent of land cover impacts are generally unknown. An analysis of the natural vegetation of this area, with the use of several remote sensing techniques, concluded that it continues to be relatively stable at a landscape level. Any perceivable changes appear to be the result of natural vegetative response to climatological factors affecting this protected area. However, these same results show that the plant communities located on the PBR are more sensitive to change, making them especially vulnerable to continuous drought and other impacts due to human activities such as groundwater depletion and mass tourism from nearby communities.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
MS
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Natural Resources; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Shaw, William
Committee Chair:
Shaw, William

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleMonitoring Vegetation Change in the El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, Sonora, Mexico (1994-2005)en_US
dc.creatorFisher de Leon, Anna Denisseen_US
dc.contributor.authorFisher de Leon, Anna Denisseen_US
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractAt a time of increasing climatological and anthropogenic impacts, managers of Natural Protected Areas in Mexico require monitoring efforts to assess the ecological integrity of their regions and adapt management activities accordingly. However, for many of these areas, like the Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve (PBR), the location and extent of land cover impacts are generally unknown. An analysis of the natural vegetation of this area, with the use of several remote sensing techniques, concluded that it continues to be relatively stable at a landscape level. Any perceivable changes appear to be the result of natural vegetative response to climatological factors affecting this protected area. However, these same results show that the plant communities located on the PBR are more sensitive to change, making them especially vulnerable to continuous drought and other impacts due to human activities such as groundwater depletion and mass tourism from nearby communities.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameMSen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNatural Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorShaw, Williamen_US
dc.contributor.chairShaw, Williamen_US
dc.identifier.proquest2374en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659748265en_US
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