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Impacts of Off-Highway Vehicle Activity on Land Cover Change and Dune Dynamics: Algodones Dunes, California


Abstract Use of off-highway vehicles (OHV) in natural landscapes is a popular outdoor activity around the world. Rapid-growing OHV activity causes impacts on vegetation and land cover within these landscapes and can be an important factor in land degradation and ecosystem change. The Algodones Dunes in southeastern California is one of the largest inland sand dune complexes in the United States and hosts many endangered species. This study examines changes in land cover and OHV activity within two OHV active sites in comparison to an adjoined protected area. The study also investigates potential associations between land cover changes, climate trends, and OHV activity over recent decades. Time-series analysis was used to investigate the spatial-temp... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Cheung, Suet Yi (Author) / Walker, Ian J (Advisor) / Myint, Soe W (Committee member) / Dorn, Ronald I (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Geomorphology / Environmental management / Geography / Land cover change / Land degradation / Off-highway vehicles / Recreational activity / Sand dune complexes
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 135 pages
Language English
Copyright
Note Masters Thesis Geography 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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