Satellite remote sensing of the A&N island biodiversity
by P.S. Roy, Nidhi Chauhan, et al
This article was published originally in Ecological Modelling 2005, 185:349-369.
The Andaman Association is proud to number co-author Nidhi Chauhan among its Scientific Members:
Dr. Nidhi Chauhan Nagabhatla who joined IWMI in January 2006 as a Post Doctoral Scientist in Landscape Ecology, has been awarded the Clifford Evans Grant for 2006 by the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and the Organization for Tropical Studies, Duke University. The award was given on the strength of Dr. Nagabhatla's research in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, which constituted part of her doctorate on Mapping, monitoring and modeling of landscape for biodiversity characterization in Bartang Forest Division in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Results of this work are presented in: P.S.Roy, Hitendra Padalia, Nidhi Chauhan, M.C.Porwal, Sas Biswas and Rajendra Jagdale, Validation of Geospatial model for Biodiversity Characterization at Landscape Level - a study in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India, 2005, Ecological Modelling, Volume 185, Issues 2-4, 10, Elsevier Publications , July 2005, 349-369). The model was tested by using it to characterize biodiversity at landscape level taking into account terrain complexity, habitat fragmentation, and disturbance regimes in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The adopted methodology was found to provide a rapid and predictive approach for efficient biodiversity assessment and monitoring. Through its application, similar trends in biodiversity patterns in other tropical regions at community and landscape level varying in the magnitude of correlation can be explicitly represented. Biodiversity characterization using such a model can help identify surrogate habitats of biological richness, and the creation of baseline data also allows prioritization of planning process and evolves specific management practices.
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