Title

The Use of Landsat Imagery and Spatial Analysis to Detect Forest Cover Change and Degradation, and Determine Forest Management Suitability Indices in the Bago Mountain Region of Myanmar

Date of Award

4-10-2018

Semester of Degree

May

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Major Professor

Rene Germain

Steering Committee Member

Lindi Quackenbush

Steering Committee Member

Stephen Stehman

Abstract

The Bago Mountain region in Myanmar is known as the “Home of Teak” (Tectona grandis) due to the occurrence of natural teak forests. Nowadays, the composition of this valuable timber species is declining in the region. Thus, the first objective of this study was to quantify forest cover changes between 2000 and 2017. The second objective was to develop GIS models and determine potential sites for reforestation activities. The results revealed that between 2000 and 2017, the annual deforestation rate was 0.78%, and annual forest degradation rate was 1.35%. In addition to reporting the forest cover changes, this GIS land suitability analysis could provide important spatial information for immediate teak restoration planning and investments. The steps employed in this study can be referred to as a protocol for locating candidate sites for reforestation in other geographic areas.

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