Douglas M. Flewelling, Ph.D.
Mark P. Kumler, Ph. D.
The conclusion of the Falklands War of 1982 left behind minefields scattered across the Falkland Islands. Clearance activities began in 2009 to remove the mines from these minefields. Despite most of the minefields in the Falkland Islands having been cleared of active landmines, the Falkland Islands Government has decided to keep the fences standing around the cleared minefields over concern for the recovery of the vegetation. The Falkland Islands Government needs to continue assessment until the recovery reaches an optimal point to remove the fences and reincorporate the cleared minefields into the commons of the Falkland Islands. The purpose of the project involved the development of a toolbox containing Python script tools functional in ArcMap to analyze the vegetation health and recovery process of the cleared minefields in the Falkland Islands. The purpose of the toolbox is to utilize GIS and remote sensing techniques to provide information to the Falkland Islands Government about each cleared minefield. Using the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) analysis on multispectral images, the toolbox would provide information regarding the amount of healthy vegetation contained within the cleared minefields and details on the process of recovery by comparing NDVI analyses performed on multispectral images taken at different dates. From the assessment provided by the Habitat Recovery Toolbox, the Falkland Islands Government can understand if a cleared minefield can have the fences removed, or if the cleared minefield still requires time to recover to an optimal point of healthy vegetation recovery.
Vazquez, A. M. (2019). Habitat Recovery GIS Toolbox for the Cleared Minefields of the Falkland Islands (Master's thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from https://inspire.redlands.edu/gis_gradproj/287
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