We first visited the site to carry out reconnaissance of the area. This assisted us to evaluate the scope of our project in terms of the areal extent to be covered, the degree of precise mapping to be undertaken and a rough idea of the expected number of different species to be encounter in our study.
We then took our time to search for high resolution multi-spectral satellite images of the area. This was a very challenging task as very few of such images existed for the area of study. In the end after weeks of negotiations, we successfully acquired from Airbus Defense and Space, satellite images of the area in 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2014. We returned to the site to collect complementary data to support information to be extracted from satellite images. The complementary data was acquired by interviews with indigenes of the area who have lived there for the past three decades and beyond. This included a list of past and present organisms found in the area. We finally mapped the various vegetation species at the site with a GPS device (UTM 30N coordinate system). Pictures of vegetation specie identified were taken for further verification.
Next, we will conduct a supervised classification of the satellite images and then extract statistical data which will be used for further analysis. The analysis of the statistical data together with visual observations will assist us in better establishing a trend in changes in biodiversity in space and time.