Journal of Biodiversity Management & ForestryISSN: 2327-4417

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Research Article, J Biodivers Manage Forestry Vol: 2 Issue: 2

Assessment of Land Cover Changes in Lake Olbolosat Region of the Central Kenyan Highlands using Landsat Satellite Imagery Aided by Indigenous Knowledge

Muriithi Zacharia1, Ako Elias2, Kiplagat Jeremiah2, Maingi Simon1 and Luke Omondi Olang1*
1Department of Water and Environmental Engineering, Kenyatta University, P. O. Box 43844 -00100, Nairobi-Kenya
1Department of Energy Engineering, Kenyatta University, P. O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi-Kenya
Corresponding author : Olang Luke
Department of Water and Environmental Engineering, Kenyatta University, P. O. Box 43844 -00100, Nairobi-Kenya
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: March 21, 2013 Accepted: April 11, 2013 Published: April 18, 2013
Citation: Zacharia M, Elias A, Jeremiah K, Simon1 M, Olang LO (2013) Assessment of Land Cover Changes in Lake Olbolosat Region of the Central Kenyan Highlands using Landsat Satellite Imagery Aided by Indigenous Knowledge. J Biodivers Manage Forestry 2:2. doi:10.4172/2327-4417.1000107

Abstract

Assessment of Land Cover Changes in Lake Olbolosat Region of the Central Kenyan Highlands using Landsat Satellite Imagery Aided by Indigenous Knowledge

The region around Lake Olbolosat in the central Kenyan highlands has witnessed significant land-use changes, which are believed to be major cause of the dwindling Lake volumes. Very few studies have been carried out in the region due to limited observed in-situ data necessary for monitoring the land surface conditions. It is hence important that feasible, straightforward and cost-effective techniques are explored to asses the space and time variations with a view of providing the essential information for improved land and water management. This study investigated the land cover changes around Lake Olbolosat region using data obtained from Landsat satellite remote sensing.

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