MEDIA LIBRARY


Dr. David Western’s keynote address at Oregon State University’s symposium, “The Future of Pastoralism in an Era of Rapid Change”

April 27, 2016



NASA-Developed East Africa Ecological Forecasting at Goddard Space Flight Center (2013)      VIEW PROGRAM

In southern Kenya, the Amboseli National Park is home to hundreds of plant and animal species. Over the years, vegetation landcovers have changed drastically, greatly affecting other organisms in the Amboseli. The woodland landcovers have contracted from about 30 percent of the area to only 10 percent, while swamps and grasslands have been increasing. The Amboseli Conservation Centre (ACC) is an organization dedicated to monitoring the park. However, they have had difficulties in distinguishing the different types of vegetation using remote sensing, causing discrepancies between their ground-truthed data and remotely sensed results. These limitations prevent the ACC from producing comprehensive solutions for restoring and maintaining the Amboseli. By processing Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) vegetation index imagery in TIMESAT, an open source time series analysis software, this project observed the baseline phenological characteristics of different vegetation types, which allowed for a derived temporal classification to distinguish each vegetation type using a decision tree methodology. By providing the ACC with a refined vegetation classification method that can be coupled with their ground-truthed data, this project increases capability for monitoring of habitat degradation issues in the Amboseli.



BITC / DCDP – 82, Trainee Presentation (2013)

A portion of African Conservation Centre’s training course that covers aspects of data cleaning and data publishing, as part of the overall biodiversity information sharing enterprise. Taught 18-22 February 2013, in Nairobi, Kenya. Instructors included Kyle Braak, Laura Russell, Javier Otegui, and John Wieczorek.



African Conservation Centre Documentary (2010)

A documentary about the overall projects of the African Conservation Centre, Kenya.



Twala Cultural Center (2009)

A women’s group in Laikipia, Kenya.



Kenya Drought (2009)

African Conservation Centre’s U.S. representative, Roseann Hanson, visits Kenya during its worst drought in decades. The South Rift Association of Land Owners has asked the Centre’s help in raising funds to keep schools open in the hardest-hit regions, where people have lost virtually all their wealth – their cattle.



BBC Wildlife: Giraffe Conservation – Joanna Lumley in Africa (2007)

Joanna Lumley begins her adventures in the exotic world of the wild giraffes. She goes on an African safari in search of this beautiful wildlife. From the BBC.



Two Cowboys Program – Learning Exchange Between New Mexican Cowboys and Maasai Cattle Ranchers (2005)      VIEW PROGRAM

What does a cowboy on the New Mexican Badlands in the US have in common with a Maasai Warrior in Kenya? Preserving their way of life on the open range while raising cattle brings these two diverse groups of people together. Produced for David Western and the African Conservation Corp in Kenya (2005) by Expat Productions.


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