Remote sensing of environmental drivers influencing the movement ecology of sympatric wild and domestic ungulates in semi-arid savannas, a review

Rumiano Florent, Wielgus Elodie, Miguel Eve, Chamaille-Jammes Simon, Valls Fox Hugo, Cornélis Daniel, De Garine-Wichatitsky Michel, Fritz Hervé, Caron Alexandre, Tran Annelise. 2020. Remote sensing of environmental drivers influencing the movement ecology of sympatric wild and domestic ungulates in semi-arid savannas, a review. Remote Sensing, 12:3218, 37 p.

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Abstract : Interfaces between protected areas and their peripheries in southern Africa are subject to interactions between wildlife and livestock that vary in frequency and intensity. In these areas, the juxtaposition between production and conservation land uses in a context of increasing anthropisation can create issues associated with human-wildlife coexistence and raises concerns for biodiversity conservation, local development and livelihoods. This literature review aimed at addressing the need to consolidate and gather in one article current knowledge on potential uses of satellite remote sensing (SRS) products by movement ecologists to investigate the sympatry of wildlife/domestic ungulates in savanna interface environments. A keyword querying process of peer reviewed scientific paper, thesis and books has been implemented to identify references that (1) characterize the main environmental drivers impacting buffalo (Syncerus caffer caffer) and cattle (Bos taurus & Bos indicus) movements in southern Africa environments, (2) describe the SRS contribution to discriminate and characterize these drivers. In total, 327 references have been selected and analyzed. Surface water, precipitation, landcover and fire emerged as key drivers impacting the buffalo and cattle movements. These environmental drivers can be efficiently characterized by SRS, mainly through open-access SRS products and standard image processing methods. Applying SRS to better understand buffalo and cattle movements in semi-arid environments provides an operational framework that could be replicated in other type of interface where different wild and domestic species interact. There is, however, a need for animal movement ecologists to reinforce their knowledge of remote sensing and/or to increase pluridisciplinary collaborations.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Syncerus caffer, Bos taurus, Zébu, Savane, Distribution des populations, Dynamique des populations, Télédétection, Relevé (des données), literature [EN]

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique du Sud

Mots-clés complémentaires : revue bibliographique, Bos indicus

Mots-clés libres : Savannah, Animal movement, Earth observation imagery, Remote Sensing, Wildlife-livestock interface

Classification Agris : L20 - Animal ecology

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 5 (2019-) - Territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Rumiano Florent, CIRAD-ES-UMR TETIS (FRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Wielgus Elodie, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR ASTRE (GBR)
  • Miguel Eve, Université de Montpellier (FRA)
  • Chamaille-Jammes Simon, CNRS (FRA)
  • Valls Fox Hugo, CIRAD-ES-UMR SELMET (FRA)
  • Cornélis Daniel, CIRAD-ES-UPR Forêts et sociétés (FRA)
  • De Garine-Wichatitsky Michel, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR ASTRE (THA) ORCID: 0000-0002-5438-1473
  • Fritz Hervé, CNRS (FRA)
  • Caron Alexandre, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR ASTRE (MOZ) ORCID: 0000-0002-5213-3273
  • Tran Annelise, CIRAD-ES-UMR TETIS (REU) ORCID: 0000-0001-5463-332X

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