land cover change

Locating and Dating Land Cover Change Events in the Renosterveld, a Critically Endangered Shrubland Ecosystem

[Access the paper here.](http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs13050834) Land cover change is the leading cause of global biodiversity decline. New satellite platforms allow for monitoring of habitats in increasingly fine detail, but most applications have …

Rates and patterns of habitat loss across South Africa's vegetation biomes

[Access the paper here.](http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/sajs.2021/8182) The loss of natural habitat resulting from human activities is the principal driver of biodiversity loss in terrestrial ecosystems globally. Metrics of habitat loss are monitored at …

Near-real time forecasting and change detection for an open ecosystem with complex natural dynamics

[Access the paper here.](https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2020.05.017) Managing fire, water, biodiversity and carbon stocks can greatly benefit from early warning of changes in the state of vegetation. While near-real time tools to detect forest …

Streamflow reduction estimator

Demonstration app showing estimates of the impacts of invasive alien plants on stream flow in the Fynbos Biome (as of 2008)

RReTool

Developing remote-sensing tools for natural resource management

Land cover change homogenizes functional and phylogenetic diversity within and among African savanna bird assemblages

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Savanna woody encroachment is widespread across three continents

[Access the paper here](https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13409) Tropical savannas are a globally extensive biome prone to rapid vegetation change in response to changing environmental conditions. Via a meta-analysis, we quantified savanna woody vegetation …

Defining functional biomes and monitoring their change globally

[Access the paper here.](https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13367) Biomes are important constructs for organizing understanding of how the worlds' major terrestrial ecosystems differ from one another and for monitoring change in these ecosystems. Yet …

Understanding global change impacts on South African biomes using Dynamic Vegetation Models

[Access the paper here.](https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sajb.2015.02.004) The distribution of South African biomes is expected to be drastically altered as a result of climatic change and increasing atmospheric CO2 in the 21st century. Developing the …

Capturing lessons from land-users to aid the development of ecological restoration guidelines for lowland Namaqualand

[Access the paper here.](https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2007.12.005) The purpose of the study was to capture the restoration knowledge of land-users in lowland Namaqualand, South Africa to aid the development of restoration guidelines for this …