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Lake extent changes in Basotu, Tanzania: a mixed-methods approach to understanding the impacts of anthropogenic influence and climate variability
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0778-777X
Number of Authors: 22019 (English)In: Landscape research, ISSN 0142-6397, E-ISSN 1469-9710, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 35-47Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Incompatible land use is a major contributor to ecosystem degradation, and is often exacerbated by climate change impacts. We investigate Lake Basotu, Tanzania as a case study where natural lake variability has been affected by agricultural land use. Comparisons between a satellite-derived history of lake surface area, local precipitation records, and corresponding anthropogenic activity show the impacts of agricultural and historical practices. We argue that insufficient consideration to the wider ecological impacts of large agricultural projects has lasting implications. This is particularly true in semi-arid environments where food production demands need to be continuously met. In the future, major conservation strategies should be investigated to maintain the environmental integrity and sustainability of freshwater resources.

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2019. Vol. 44, no 1, p. 35-47
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Method chronology, land-use change, water resources, environmental variability, Tanzania, ecosystem management
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Social and Economic Geography Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-165696DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2017.1416599ISI: 000454680500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-165696DiVA, id: diva2:1285698
Available from: 2019-02-05 Created: 2019-02-05 Last updated: 2019-12-04Bibliographically approved

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