The Human Dimension: A Changing Landscape and Impacts on the African Great Lakes

Saturday, 15 February 2014
Grand Ballroom B (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Leo Zulu , Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
o Malawi is poor, densely populated and dependent on rained agriculture. Intense cultivation, deforestation and erosion/siltation threaten land/lake biodiversity, food security and hydro power generation. We use geospatial tools to assess spatial patterns, nature, extent and pace of land use/ cover change in Lake Malawi watershed. Regression models identify its social, economic, and biophysical drivers and potential future trends, given major agricultural and development policies.