Kenya A Natural Outlook

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  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Newnes
  • Pages : 402 pages
  • ISBN : 0444595473
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Download or Read online Kenya A Natural Outlook full in PDF, ePub and kindle. this book written by Anonim and published by Newnes which was released on 22 October 2013 with total page 402 pages. We cannot guarantee that Kenya A Natural Outlook book is available in the library, click Get Book button and read full online book in your kindle, tablet, IPAD, PC or mobile whenever and wherever You Like. Kenya is a thriving country in East Africa: its economy is largely based on the natural environment that frames the tourism sector, mainly through safaris and holidays on the coast. The natural environment also underpins the second largest industry: agriculture. Kenya’s social, technological, and industrial developments are a reference for many neighboring countries. Kenya plays a leading role in Africa and attracts huge amounts of investments. Furthermore, the humanitarian community has made Nairobi its base for international headquarters and regional offices. This makes Kenya a possible model for development and investment in its widest sense. This book aims at updating the holistic view on Kenya’s natural environment and resources. It provides a sound scientific introduction to this country’s physical and socioeconomic setting and its evolution through time and will appeal to a broad audience of students – in Kenya and abroad – as well as those working in the development and humanitarian sectors and to international donors looking for a scientific compendium on Kenya’s environment. Its structure and references allow the reader to deepen his or her knowledge of every theme touched on in the book. Combines different aspects of physical geography, water and soil resources and their management strategies Written by a blend of international and national experts Includes specific case studies

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Newnes
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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Kenya is a thriving country in East Africa: its economy is largely based on the natural environment that frames the tourism sector, mainly through safaris and holidays on the coast. The natural environment also underpins the second largest industry: agriculture. Kenya’s social, technological, and industrial developments are a reference for many neighboring countries. Kenya plays a leading role in Africa and attracts huge amounts of investments. Furthermore, the humanitarian community has made Nairobi its base for international headquarters and

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : Charles Maina-Gichaba,Enoch K. Kipseba,Moses Masibo
  • Publisher : Elsevier Inc. Chapters
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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Natural disasters disrupt people's lives through displacements, destruction of livelihoods and property, deaths, and injuries. Consequently, they take back years of development, thus posing a major challenge to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals especially the target of halving extreme poverty by 2015 and Kenya's set development goals as contained in Vision 2030. The nature of natural disasters in Kenya especially landslides has constantly eroded the recovery capacity of communities especially in the affected areas, hence affecting their economic development year

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : Christine A. Omuombo,Daniel O. Olago,Eric O. Odada
  • Publisher : Elsevier Inc. Chapters
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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The Indian Ocean waters off the Kenyan coast is stratified due to temperature, salinity and pressure differences between the warm less saline less dense surface waters and the deep saline cooler waters. This stratification displays local variations influenced by rainfall or heavy water discharges of the deltas of Tana and Sabaki as well as the monsoon with maximum temperatures during the transition periods of the monsoons when the winds are light and the solar insolation is high. Turbidity increases due

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : Zoltan Balint,Francis Mutua,Peris Muchiri,Christian T. Omuto
  • Publisher : Elsevier Inc. Chapters
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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A first step in any drought management system is to monitor the state and the evolution of the drought. This study addresses the problem of nonexistent operational drought monitoring systems and presents a new methodology for monitoring the evolution and severity of drought with the new, Combined Drought Index (CDI). It is based on the fact that drought is a natural phenomenon created by a combination of several factors, such as deficiency in rainfall amount, persistence of below average rainfall,

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : Alfred Opere
  • Publisher : Elsevier Inc. Chapters
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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The vulnerability of a water resource system to climate change is a function of a number of physical features and social characteristics. The physical features associated with maximum vulnerability of water resources in a region include the marginal hydrologic and climatic regime; high rates of sedimentation leading to reduction of reservoir storage; topography and land-use practices that promote soil erosion and flash flooding conditions; and deforestation, which allows increased surface run-off, increased soil erosion and more frequent significant flooding. Coupled

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : Zachariah Kuria
  • Publisher : Elsevier Inc. Chapters
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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Comprehensive hydrogeological investigations of Kenya as country have been carried out within various geological settings that range from volcanic terrains and associated quaternary sediments, through sedimentary terrains of northern and coastal Kenya to areas underlain by metamorphic rocks. The objective of the study was to establish groundwater occurrence and distribution in country including characterization of the aquifer properties. The aspects considered in this study of groundwater include: underlying geology, aquifer geometry, groundwater levels in the aquifer, groundwater flow and recharge,

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : Christian T. Omuto
  • Publisher : Elsevier Inc. Chapters
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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Soil is a natural resource that supports food production and numerous types of support to life on earth. It occurs on the earth’s surface as groups or types, which have special capabilities. To identify these capabilities, soil scientists have developed tools for mapping soil types in the landscape so that their potential uses can be maximised. However, the mapping tool needs sufficient input data that many countries in the world do not have. In Kenya, the input data for

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : Christopher Oludhe
  • Publisher : Elsevier Inc. Chapters
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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Energy is an important input in a country's development process since it provides the stimulus, drive and momentum for socioeconomic development. It forms one of the foundations on which the three key pillars of the Kenya Vision 2030 (Economic, Social and Political Governance) are anchored on. The country therefore needs to generate more energy and increase efficiency in energy consumption in order to realize Vision 2030 and the overall socioeconomic growth in the country. Kenya is endowed with significant amounts of renewable

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : Elijah K. Biamah,Jacqueline Kiio,Benjamin Kogo
  • Publisher : Elsevier Inc. Chapters
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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In Kenya, environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been used to ensure that environmental management is integrated into project planning and decision-making with a view of achieving ecologically sustainable development. Best-practice EIA identifies environmental risks, lessens resource use conflicts by promoting community participation, minimizes adverse environmental effects, informs decision-makers, and helps lay the base for environmentally sound projects. In the integration of an EIA, due considerations are made in all stages of a project, from exploration and planning through construction, operations,

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : Dorothy Wanja Nyingi,Nathan Gichuki,Mordecai O. Ogada
  • Publisher : Elsevier Inc. Chapters
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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Freshwater ecosystems of Kenya are the lifeline of economic and social development; however, most of these are threatened or on the verge of collapse. The need to maintain them in their natural condition, reduce disturbance and conserve their biodiversity has been stressed in the face of severe drought, food insecurity and water stress conditions including inability to maintain constant hydroelectric power. However, without a clear picture of how many freshwater rivers, wetlands and lakes exist and their precise locality, size,

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : Andreas B. Brink,Catherine Bodart,Graeme Buchanan,Marco Clerici,François Donnay,George Eshiamwata,Jean-Marie Gregoire,Bernard K. Kirui,Andrea Lupi,Ilaria Palumbo,Jean-François Pekel
  • Publisher : Elsevier Inc. Chapters
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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Monitoring vegetation dynamics and land cover change in Kenya are essential for the sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity conservation. However, accurate status of seasonal variation in vegetation and long-term land cover change data valid at the regional and country level generally do not exist or are hard to obtain. Here, we describe the various ecological regions of Kenya and the associated rainfall and land cover patterns of each ecological zone. This includes the use of low-resolution satellite data

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : Ilaria Palumbo
  • Publisher : Elsevier Inc. Chapters
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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In this chapter, we discuss the ecological role of fire and how this is relevant to biodiversity and park management. We summarize the role fire has in different types of ecosystems and why conservation programmes would benefit from including fire plans. We present the fire activity in the Kenyan protected areas between the years 2002 and 2012. The information is derived from satellite observations and processed to show the fire seasonality and how fire occurrence is distributed in different vegetation classes. We

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : John P.O. Obiero,Japheth O. Onyando
  • Publisher : Elsevier Inc. Chapters
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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Climatic characteristics, factors influencing them and effects on agro-climatic zonation and crop productions is discussed. It is recognized that climate plays a key role in agricultural production which is the mainstay of the Kenyan economy. Factors influencing climatic characteristics are notably latitude, altitude, characteristics of prevailing winds, distance from water body, topography, vegetal cover and pressure belts. Air masses, their sources and influence on dry and rainy seasons for various regions of the country are described. Rainfall and temperature distribution

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : Norbert Opiyo Akech,Moses Masibo,Daniel O. Olago
  • Publisher : Elsevier Inc. Chapters
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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The mineral, oil and gas sectors have not played an important role in the economy of Kenya in the past, but the recent discovery of mineral sands and rare earth elements at the coast and oil in the Lokichar Basin in the northern part of the country are proving to be game changers in the mining, oil and gas sectors. The most important minerals mined in the past have been mainly industrial minerals with soda ash and fluorspar being the

Kenya A Natural Outlook

Kenya  A Natural Outlook
  • Author : John B. Kyalo Kiema
  • Publisher : Elsevier Inc. Chapters
  • Release : 22 October 2013
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This chapter begins with a synopsis of the basic concept of remote sensing with the various stages and interactions that characterize the entire remote sensing process described. A brief recapitulation of the status of stored water in Kenya is then presented. The monumental challenge facing many poor Kenyan households in accessing clean and safe water in sufficient quantities is reiterated. The chapter underscores the critical value of accurate and timely geospatial and hydro-meteorological datasets in supporting integrated water resources management.