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Endang Savitri

Doctor of Philosophy, (Natural Resource Management)
Study Completed: 2006
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
The Use of GIS and Remote Sensing to Identify Areas at Risk from Erosion in Indonesian Forests: A Case Study in Central Java

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Dr Savitri’s research focused on developing a method to identify areas susceptible to erosion in plantation forests. Her case study area was located in Central Java, Indonesia. Digital image processing of seven imagery and aerial photographs was used in combination with geographical information systems to acquire land cover data. An erosion prediction model combined rainfall, slope, geology and land cover data, while erosion risk was predicted using land cover, soil type and soil depth. The erosion prediction model was able to identify erosion hotspots with a high degree of precision. Dr Savitri’s research will be of practical value to forestry managers and planners as well as to natural resource managers in the public sector who have a responsibility to ensure that resources are used in a sustainable manner.

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