Effects of land cover change on the hydrologic regime of Kabompo River Basin, Zambia + powerpoint

J.M. Kampata, T.H.M. Rientjes, J. Timmermans

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Abstract

Over the past decades, the Kabompo River Basin in Zambia is affected by deforestation and land degradation as a consequence of intensified agriculture and mining. Changes presumably have affected the hydrological catchment behaviour and related seasonal flow regimes. Impact assessments are unknown for the basin.
In this study multi-decadal time series of rainfall and stream flow were evaluated by trend analysis, change point detection methods and analysis on high and low flow exceedance probabilities. Results are combined with satellite based land cover observations for 1984, 1994, 2001 and 2009. Unsupervised classification of the Landsat images indicate pronounced land cover changes. Preliminary results of this study show that i) precipitation time series are not directly affected by climate change and ii) changes in stream flow can be linked to changes in land cover.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ESA Living Planet Symposium, 9-13 September 2013, Edinburgh, Scotland
PublisherEuropean Space Agency (ESA)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-92-9221-286-5
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2013
EventEuropean Space Agency Living Planet Symposium 2013 - Edinburgh international conference centre, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 201313 Sep 2013
http://www.livingplanet2013.org/

Publication series

NameESA Spacebooks
PublisherESA
NumberSP-722

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Space Agency Living Planet Symposium 2013
Abbreviated titleESA Living Planet Symposium 2013
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period9/09/1313/09/13
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Keywords

  • IR-90380
  • METIS-302353

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    Kampata, J. M., Rientjes, T. H. M., & Timmermans, J. (2013). Effects of land cover change on the hydrologic regime of Kabompo River Basin, Zambia + powerpoint. In Proceedings of ESA Living Planet Symposium, 9-13 September 2013, Edinburgh, Scotland (ESA Spacebooks; No. SP-722). European Space Agency (ESA).