East African Habitat Monitoring Practice a Review of Methods and Application 1975

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1975
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Kenya Soil Survey
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Methods of large scale ecological monitoring have been developed and used in East Africa over the past few years. Systematic sampling techniques have proved most promising for producing the spatial and temporal ecological data necessary to manage or develop large stretches of low and erratic rainfall lands. In this paper we present a review of some methodologies currently in use; the types of result it is possible to obtain; uses to which the result may be put; and a synthesis of strategy which combines ground aerial and space technologies into an Ecological Monitoring Unit. We argue that such a unit, the prototype of which will shortly be operational in Kenya, is able to provide descriptive and predictive information on the life-support capacity (productivity: actual and potential) of most regions of the earth's surface.
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