• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2018, Volume: 11, Issue: 33, Pages: 1-6

Original Article

Land Cover in Coraza and Montes de María Protective Forest Reserve, Department of Sucre, Colombia


Objective: This research study aimed at verifying, through satellite monitoring, changes that land cover of Serrania de Coraza and Montes de María Protective Forestry Reserve has experienced from 1990 to 2017. Methods / Analysis: Unsupervised classification method, and Landsat and SPOT satellite images were used. Findings: There is a high proportion of bare soil during the first 20 years of the study, whereas in the last five years values considerably decrease. For the cover regarding the intervened areas, the opposite occurs, since during the first 20 years values are much lower than in the last five years, reaching a 43% proportion. Cover of primary forests has declined throughout the study period. Application / Improvements: Forced peasants’ displacement in Montes de María during the 1990s and 2000s, due to the armed conflict Colombia has experienced for years, could be related to the results. Urgent measures are required to preserve biological diversity in the region.

Keywords: Coverage, Montes de María Protected Area, Satellite Monitoring


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