Multitemporal analysis as a non‐invasive technology indicates a rapid change in land use in the amazon: The case of the itt oil block

Marco Heredia‐r, Jhenny Cayambe, Clint Schorsch, Theofilos Toulkeridis, Deniz Barreto, Paulina Poma, Gladys Villegas

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Abstract

The Amazon Region of Ecuador (ARE) hosts a great variety of biodiversity and ecosys-tems. These hotspots are internationally recognized for presenting unique fauna and flora found nowhere else in the world. Within the ARE, there is the Yasuní National Park (YNP), a recognized Biosphere Reserve located in the sub‐basins of various rivers. The study area is the “ITT Oil Block” (Ishpingo, Tambococha, and Tiputini), situated in the Province of Orellana and superimposed on the YNP. The block has an area of 179,449.53 ha. The main objective of the current study was to analyze the multi‐temporality of land‐use change in the ITT Oil Block of the ARE. In the methodo-logical process, the PCI Geomatic and ARCGIS programs were used for the processing and classifi-cation of satellite images (Landsat 7 and 8). The changes in land use in the ITT Oil Block over the three periods (2001, 2014, and 2017) indicated that forest cover decreased by 24.23% in soils, while infrastructure and cultivation increased throughout the time period by 0.27% and 0.23%, respec-tively. The most significant land‐use change rate in the ITT Oil Block in the period 2001–2017 are the categories of bare soil with 9.01% (10,640.82 ha) and cultivation with 7.27% (591.29 ha).

Original languageEnglish
Article number139
JournalEnvironments - MDPI
Volume8
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021

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Keywords

  • Amazon
  • Deforestation
  • Land‐use changes
  • Multitemporal
  • Remote sensing

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