Arid Lands Newsletter
Issue No. 53
Using geospatial technologies to develop participatory tools
for natural resources management
Katherine Waser, Editor
Office of Arid Lands Studies
The University of Arizona
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
About the cover image
Linking geospatial technologies with social science:
A powerful tool for development?
The Livestock Early Warning System (LEWS):
Blending technology and the human dimension to support grazing decisions
by Jerry Stuth, Jay Angerer, Robert Kaitho, Kristen Zander, Abdi Jama,
Clint Heath, Jim Bucher, Wayne Hamilton, Richard Conner, and David Inbody
Participatory geospatial research and development:
Interactive access to spatially dynamic time-series satellite imagery
for natural resources management
by Barron Orr, Laura Baker, Anne Thwaits, and Chris Baker
Linking community participation to
by Trevor Harris and Daniel Weiner
Intra-governmental communication and the applications
of GIS to improve wastelands in India
by Wolfgang Hoeschele
Participatory GIS-based natural resources
management: Experience from a country of the South
by Rami Zurayk
Selected resources of interest
Selected news of interest
CALL FOR PAPERS
The next theme that will be considered by the ALN is Drylands fire ecology
past, present and future. The complexity and importance of this theme is
such that the editor anticipates devoting two issues to it. Topics to be considered
in each respective issue include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
- ALN No. 54 (November/December 2003)
- Fire ecology past:
- What drylands ecosystems have evolved with fire and what fire regimes
dominate in these systems?
- How can we use this knowledge to better predict future fire behavior?
- What (prehistoric) human activities may have developed to exploit
these fire regimes? Might we learn anything useful from these practices
that we could use to mitigate current fire hazards?
- Fire ecology present:
- What major issues are fire managers currently grappling with, both
on the ground and at the policy level?
- What specific steps (research, implementation of programs, etc.)
are currently being taken to address these issues in drylands around
the world, and what do we currently know about the relative success
or failure of such steps?
- ALN No. 55 (May/June 2004)
- Fire ecology future:
- The degree of human influence on the environment is increasingly
recognized in the form of such phenomena as global warming, the increasing
impact of urban areas on their surrounding environments, and the effects
of aerosol emissions from human-induced fires (including slash-and-burn
agriculture or cooking fires in cities). To what extent might such
factors become drivers in changing fire regimes (particularly in ecosystems
that are not historically fire-driven), and if so, what might the
results be of such changes?
- What steps might we need to take to address any adverse effects
resulting from such changes?
- What are other important research priorities for the future, and
what current projects are undertaking such research?
Proposals for papers, comments, suggestions for possible authors, suggestions
for resources (web, paper, CD-ROM etc.) to be included, etc. in either of these
issues, are welcome. Please send your suggestions to
Katherine Waser, Editor, Arid Lands Newsletter.