Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 401–413

Patterns of fragmentation and identification of possible corridors in North Western Ghats

  • M. P. Kale
  • G. Talukdar
  • R. K. Panigrahy
  • S. Singh
Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12524-010-0043-5

Cite this article as:
Kale, M.P., Talukdar, G., Panigrahy, R.K. et al. J Indian Soc Remote Sens (2010) 38: 401. doi:10.1007/s12524-010-0043-5

Abstract

Fragmentation leads to the loss of connectivity among forested landscapes, which is important for biological conservation and biodiversity maintenance. Fragmentation analysis carried out on 20 years time interval in northern-Western Ghats revealed that, losses under moderate and high fragmented forests have decreased from 1985–87 to 2005; however, it is not enough to compensate the loss of intact forests (not fragmented). The area of dense forests in intact forests has decreased from 1985–87 to 2005, this essentially means the loss of quality habitat in the area. While investigating connectivity between fragmented patches by taking different topographical and ecological parameters into the consideration, it was observed that potential connectivity exists between protected areas present in northern and southern areas.

Keywords

Fragmentation Corridors North-Western Ghats Remote Sensing GIS 

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© Indian Society of Remote Sensing 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. P. Kale
    • 1
  • G. Talukdar
    • 2
  • R. K. Panigrahy
    • 1
  • S. Singh
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Development of Advanced ComputingNSG IT ParkAundh, PuneIndia
  2. 2.Wildlife Institute of IndiaChandrabani, DehradunIndia
  3. 3.Indian Institute of Remote SensingDehradunIndia