Vei Kpan Noel (Visiting Fulbright Scholar), Alassane Ouattara University.
Contribution of earth observation to environmental security and sustainable development in the context of climate change in West Africa
Abstract: In Cote d'Ivoire, 1200 deaths and more than 500,000 hectares of land and forests were destroyed by bush fires between 2004 and 2016, twice the size of Luxembourg (Orange CI, 2014). Before the armed conflict of 2002, bushfires destroyed 450,000 hectares of forest, 250,000 hectares of food and cash crops burned a loss of more than 89.5 million CFA francs (Euro 135 877) 350 property and loss of life (BAYO, 2014). From the socio-economic data (the map of localities, population density and the general census of population and housing (RGPH) of the Cote d'Ivoire in 1998), climate (rainfall, temperature air and the average relative humidity) for 14 synoptic stations of the meteorological network of Côte d' Ivoire and vegetation data (map of the dominant vegetation of the country), lights vulnerability indices shall be calculated from bush. According to the results in synthetic form from the GIS map, periods favorable to bush fires and exposed shall be identified with determining the level of risk for each locality.
3-4:30pm, TILLET 246. Followed by an informal gathering at Pinos in Highland Park