Thursday, July 30, 2015

Final Presentation Outline

Disclaimer: This is only an outline or still a work in progress.  If you have any suggestions or comments please let me know!

Outline for Final Presentation:

Title Page: The use of Remote Sensing in Akagera National Park in order to analyze the impact of wildfires on savanna growth patterns by Anna Weldy

  • Akagera National Park background/history
  • Wildfires rage through the savanna ecosystem
  • Burns reduce plant fuel making fire in the next year less likely/drastic
  • Importance of fire in maintaining biodiversity
    • Burns reduce plant fuel making fire in the next year less likely/drastic
    • Ash from wildfire is rich in minerals, which attracts animals.

  • To analyze, through remote sensing, how wildfires effect vegetation growth patterns over a span of four decades.
    • What can analysis of vegetation growth tell scientists about environment, climate..

  • Landsat Data
    • TM was used (1984-present) because it has more bands and was therefore more practical for this analysis.
  • ENVI
  • Indices:
      • Math/equations

  • Four images from four decades before fires
    • SAVI/MSAVI computed for all four and compared
    • NDVI??
  • Use images after fires to explain changes over time
    • dNBR shows that a fire occurred and the severity of the burn.

  • What changes occurred over time, to what extent, how do we know...

  • Fire management
  • Understanding change due to climate change/management

Thank you/Acknowledgments:

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