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Landscape Ecology

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 291–309 | Cite as

Coupling past management practice and historic landscape change on John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida

  • Brean W. Duncan
  • Shannon Boyle
  • David R. Breininger
  • Paul A. Schmalzer
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Abstract

Historic landcover dynamics in a scrubby flatwoods (Tel-4) and scrub landscape (Happy Creek) on John F. Kennedy Space Center were measured using aerial images from 1943, 1951, 1958, 1969, 1979, and 1989. Landcover categories were mapped, digitized, geometrically registered, and overlaid in ARC/INFO. Both study sites have been influenced by various land use histories, including periods of range management, fire suppression, and fire management. Several analyses were performed to help understand the effects of past land management on the amount and spatial distribution of landcover within the study sites. A chi-squared analysis showed a significant difference between the frequency of landcover occurrence and management period. Markov chain models were used to project observed changes over a 100-year period; these showed current management practices being effective at Tel-4 (restoring historic landscape structure) and much less effective at Happy Creek. Documenting impacts of past management regimes on landcover has provided important insight into current landscape composition and will provide the basis for improving land management on Kennedy Space Center and elsewhere.

historic landcover fire suppression landscape management disturbance scrub flatwoods Florida remote sensing GIS GPS 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brean W. Duncan
    • 1
  • Shannon Boyle
    • 1
  • David R. Breininger
    • 1
  • Paul A. Schmalzer
    • 1
  1. 1.Dynamac Corporation, NASA Biomedical Operations OfficeUSA

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