Spatial pattern of Maya shifting cultivation

Authors: Shiguo Jiang*, SUNY - Albany
Topics: Land Use and Land Cover Change, Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Maya forest, shifting cultivation, K function, point pattern, spatial analysis
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 36
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The shifting cultivation involves the following process: (1) cut forest in the dry season (March-May); (2) plant corn or soybean afterwards; (3) move to another place and repeat the process. Our previous studies found that Maya farmers mostly cultivate at the same location for one year and move to another location. The previous cultivated place is left for fallow and reforestation. This paper study the spatial patterns of shifting cultivation around three Maya villages in Southern Belize using remote sensing images and spatial statistics (spatial point pattern analysis). We found that there is spatial clustering in the cultivation patches and dependency between difference years. The study pose the question for the sustainability of Maya forest.

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