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Qualitatively Describing Forests of the Landscape

  • Bila-Isia InogwabiniEmail author
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Part of the Environmental History book series (ENVHIS, volume 12)

Abstract

Qualitative descriptions of different habitat types are an important part of ecological research. Hence, the chapter is a single-objective one and looks at the broad terrestrial habitat types and major water bodies of the Lake Tumba Landscape. As a qualitative examination, it is limited to forests and savannahs that are two major habitat types of the Lake Tumba Landscape. Qualitatively, and without covering forest floristic compositions, each major habitats type is decomposed into its broad components. Methodologically, the data were collected from combining estimates from transects and the analysis of satellite images. Seven forest types were identified in the Lake Tumba Landscape of which the most important forest types were permanently swampy forest (34.2%) and seasonally flooded forest (28.1%). Terra firma forests of the Lake Tumba Landscape had no single species-dominated large swathes of forest, which is often the case in many areas of the region.

Keywords

Swampy forest Forest-savannah mosaic Forest galleries Uapaca guineensis Gilbertiodendron dewevrei Hymenocardia acida Annona senegalensis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Research and Communication in Sustainable Development (CERED)The Jesuit Loyola University of CongoKinshasaCongo, Republic

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