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