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Real-time monitoring of African aquatic resources using remote sensing with special reference to Lake Malawi

Real-time monitoring of African aquatic resources using remote sensing with special reference to Lake Malawi

Patterson, G., Wooster, M.J. and Sear, C.B. (1995) Real-time monitoring of African aquatic resources using remote sensing with special reference to Lake Malawi. Project Report. University of Greenwich, Chatham, UK.

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Abstract

Aquatic resources often play a vital role in the lives of local populations and national economies. However, in Africa the lack of immediate information on changes in these resources frequently hinders their effective management. The use of remote sensing satellites for the simultaneous recording and reporting of events permits the collection of real-time information that can be acted upon immediately. Real-time Monitoring of African Aquatic Resources using Remote Sensing describes work carried out on Lake Malawi. Daily, remotely sensed maps of lake surface temperature were compared with information collected in situ. Fisheries scientists found strong agreement between the two methods and were successfully able to monitor changes in the structure of local fish populations following changes in lake water temperatures. This booklet will be of interest not only to fisheries managers but to all those concerned with the study and management of African lakes, reservoirs and wetlands as the possibilities expand for monitoring environmental changes using remote sensing.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Additional Information: [1] Acknowledgements (funding): Funding for the production of this publication was provided by the Overseas Development Administration of the British Government. [2] Acknowledgements: The work reported is a result of the co- operation of fisheries and remote sensing specialists employed with the ODA-sponsored UK/SADC Pelagic Fish Resources Assessment Project. The authors wish particularly to thank the governments of the three SADC members involved, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, and all the staff involved with the above project.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa, Aquaculture, Aquatic resources, Remote sensing, Lake Malawi, Resources, Fisheries
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2016 10:43
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12426

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