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Lucid Project - General Methodology

The goal of the project is to provide methodological advice on how to use land use change analysis to identify and monitor changes in biodiversity and land degradation. As such, the project will prepare a methodological guidebook by the end of the three year period.

A secondary goal of the project is to provide information on the linkages between land degradation, biodiversity and land use change based on East African information.

Each site has a working team to carry out research activities and the teams comprise of a site leader, scientists and students.

The objectives of the project's fieldwork are two fold:

  1. To test and refine methods, and
  2. To provide scientific information on the linkages between land use change, and changes in biodiversity and land degradation for each site.

These objectives are being met using previously gathered information as much as possible. The socio-economic component of the research will be particularly based on existing data, and on team members' reflections of various methods that they have experienced.

In order to have cross-site comparability of the linkages, however, ecological information in particular is being collected in a common framework in each site. This information and data collection methods to ensure cross-site comparability are summarized in the table below.

Table 1. DATA COLLECTION METHODOLOGY

Working Papers

WORKING PAPER 15:
Maitima, Joseph M. and Jennifer M. Olson. 2001.
Guide to Field Methods for Comparative Site Analysis for the Land Use Change, Impacts and Dynamics Project.
PDF 1.4 MB

WORKING PAPER 16:
Butt, Bilal and Jennifer M. Olson. 2002.
An approach to dual land use and land cover interpretation of 2001 satellite imagery of the eastern slopes of Mt. Kenya.
PDF
2.8 MB

WORKING PAPER 22:
Campbell, David J., Jennifer M. Olson, Thomas A. Smucker and Elizabeth Edna Wangui. 2003. Community workshops in the study of land-use dynamics: Examples from  Kenya.
PDF 300KB

WORKING PAPER 43:
Maitima, J., R.S. Reid, L.N. Gachimbi, A. Majule, H. Lyaruu, D. Pomeroy, S. Mugatha, S. Mathai, S. Mugisha . 2004.
A Methodological Guide on How to Identify Trends and Linkages Between Changes in Land Use, Biodiversity and Land Degradation.

WORKING PAPER 48:
Olson, Jennifer M., Salome Misana, David J. Campbell, Milline Mbonile and Sam Mugisha. 2004.
A Research Framework to Identify the Root Causes of Land Use Change Leading to Land Degradation and Changing Biodiversity.
PDF 892KB

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