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Lowlands mapping in forest Guinea

Saidi S., Camara A.A., Gazull L., Passouant M., Soumaré M.. 2013. International Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Information Systems, 4 (1) : p. 20-34.

DOI: 10.4018/jaeis.2013010102

This article presents a lowland mapping method for the Forested Guinea (Guinée Forestière) using a 30 m resolution Digital Elevation Model (DEM) that is currently the best option to analyze large forested areas. This low cost DEM method applies surface topography analysis processes to better discriminate areas with stagnant and/or accumulated water. The main index selected is the immediate proximity of flat areas to drainage network, the former with slope gradients not exceeding 5% (2.86°). The mapped lowlands potential cover a surface of 4516 km2, i.e., 10% of the total area of the region with hydro-agricultural potential.

Mots-clés : forêt tropicale; guinée

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