The environmental imprints and complexes of social dynamics in rural Africa: cases from Zimbabwe and Ghana

Elliott, Jennifer A. and Campbell, Michael (2002) The environmental imprints and complexes of social dynamics in rural Africa: cases from Zimbabwe and Ghana Geoforum, 33 (2). pp. 221-237. ISSN 0016-7185

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Abstract

This article analyses land use and vegetation change in the savanna contexts of central Zimbabwe and coastal Ghana. The results of analyses based on field surveys, time series aerial photographs/satellite images and GIS methods challenge current assumptions of linear vegetation change under social dynamics in these two contexts. The evidence from these areas rather points to multi-directional and patch dynamic change. It is thus concluded that more detailed and broadly based studies are necessary to enable more insightful and effective management of land use issues.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Geoforum. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Geoforum, 37, 2, 2002 10.1016/S0016-7185(01)00035-5
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa; Vegetation; GIS; Narrative; Multi-directional change; Patch dynamic change
Subjects: F000 Physical Sciences > F800 Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1016/S0016-7185(01)00035-5
Faculties: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology > Society, Space and Environment
Depositing User: editor environment
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:01
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/225

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