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Figure 14: Simulated and predicted land use of Sirsi division
Figure 15: Simulated and predicted land use analysis of
Land use dynamics across various forest jurisdictions
shows a likely expansion of the non-forest activates that might
occur in forest divisions with a changing socio economic
situation. The Sirsi division has lost major forest cover from
122,730.61 ha (2004) to 107,352.37 ha (2013) due to land use
conversion for non-forest activities. The ADTR shows slower
deforestation rate due to higher protection and Yellapura
division has major loss of core forest cover by plantations and
resulted in greater edges. The division wise assessment depicts
Mundgod and Haliyal are on the edge of devastation. The 85%
of whole landscapes of the divisions are becoming non-forest
usage by 2022. The cultivation in the nearby plots are also
badly affecting natural cover because of diverting stream and
channelizing water in to the field causing dryness of the
forests and its neighborhood. The planning by consideration of
the spatio temporal patterns of forest transitions while
planning for biodiversity conservation, etc. aid in the
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Bharath Setturu is a Ph.D. student of IIIT-H, and his research interests
include landscape ecology, spatial pattern analysis, landscape modeling, open
source GIS. Published 12 journal papers and 15 conference papers.
Rajan K S obtained his Ph.D. from University of Tokyo. He is head, Lab for
Spatial Informatics (LSI), International Institute of Information Technology,
Hyderabad. Areas of expertise includes Agent based Spatial Modelling
(AGENT-LUC), GIS and Remote Sensing, Land Use and Land Cover .
Ramachandra T V obtained his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Science (IISc),
Bangalore in Energy and Environment. He has published 184 research papers
in national and international journals, and has more than 118 papers in
conferences and has written 14 books on related topics.