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000029817 041__ $$aEnglish
000029817 100__ $$aUddin, K.
000029817 245__ $$aDevelopment of 2010 National Land Cover Database for the Nepal
000029817 260__ $$c2014
000029817 507__ $$aKabir Uddina, Him Lal Shresthaa, MSR Murthy, Birendra Bajracharya, Basanta Shrestha, Hammad Gilani, Sudip Pradhan, Bikash Dangol, ICIMOD staff, peerreviewed, servier
000029817 520__ $$aLand cover and its change analysis across the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is realized as an urgent need to support diverse issues of environmental conservation. This study presents the first and most complete national land cover database of Nepal prepared using public domain Landsat TM data of 2010 and replicable methodology. The study estimated that 39.1% of Nepal is covered by forests and 29.83% by agriculture. Patch and edge forests constituting 23.4% of national forest cover revealed proximate biotic interferences over the forests. Core forests constituted 79.3% of forests of Protected areas where as 63% of area was under core forests in the outside protected area. Physiographic regions wise forest fragmentation analysis revealed specific conservation requirements for productive hill and mid mountain regions. Comparative analysis with Landsat TM based global land cover product showed difference of the order of 30–60% among different land cover classes stressing the need for significant improvements for national level adoption. The online web based land cover validation tool is developed for continual improvement of land cover product. The potential use of the data set for national and regional level sustainable land use planning strategies and meeting several global commitments also highlighted.
000029817 653__ $$aRemote Sensing
000029817 653__ $$aNepal Land Cover Map
000029817 653__ $$aImage Segmentation
000029817 653__ $$aLandsat Tm
000029817 653__ $$aForest Fragmentation
000029817 700__ $$aShrestha, H. L.
000029817 700__ $$aMurthy, M. S. R.
000029817 700__ $$aBajracharya, B.
000029817 700__ $$aShrestha, B.
000029817 700__ $$aGilani, H.
000029817 700__ $$aPradhan, S.
000029817 700__ $$aDangol, B.
000029817 773__ $$pJournal of Environmental Management(0)
000029817 773__ $$ahttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.07.047
000029817 8564_ $$uhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479714004009$$yExternal link
000029817 980__ $$aARTICLE