oa Botswana Notes & Records - Spatial characteristics of riparian woodlands in the distal Okavango Delta

Volume 33 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



The study area is located towards the southeastern or distal margin of the Okavango Delta. The present work was intended to provide some riparian zone characterisation of six distal distributaries using fieldwork and satellite imagery, with a view to determining whether differences in woody cover could be related to the present flow regimes. There are very few characteristics which uniquely, single out, for instance, the perennially wet Boro system from the relatively dry Shashe river. The second aim was to provide some indication as to whether downstream changes in riparian zone characteristics could reflect the history of flood pulse changes throughout the various distributaries.

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