Ethiopia Eco Forecasting – NASA DEVELOP Summer 2015

Ethiopian pastoralists have a long history of managing high-elevation shrublands with intentional burning, but these fires may lead to unintended consequences, such as reduced habitat for the endangered Mountain Nyala. We quantified fire distribution in Ericaceuos shrublands of the Bale-Arsi massif, Ethiopia, mapping burned areas over 42 years (1973-2015) using Landsat Multispectral Scanner, Thematic Mapper, Enhanced Thematic Mapper, and Operational Land Imager data, as well as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer Burned Area product. Our findings improved the understanding of past fire extent, which will inform future conservation efforts by The Murulle Foundation and its partners in Ethiopia.

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