Linking multi-temporal analysis and community consultation to evaluate the response to the impact of Hurricane Stan in coffee areas of Chiapas, Mexico

Gustavo M. Cruz-Bello, Hallie Eakin, Helda Morales, Juan F. Barrera

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This paper analyses the responses related to land use of coffee growers in Chiapas, Mexico to the impact of Hurricane Stan (October 2005). A multi-temporal analysis of the effect on land cover was performed through the combination of unsupervised classification of SPOT multispectral images and visual interpretation of panchromatic images (8 months previous to the hurricane, and 2, 14, and 40 months after the hurricane). The information provided by this geographic analysis was interpreted in light of information gathered though household surveys. Although the hurricane wrecked havoc across the region, the main impact in the study area was in the riparian zones where the extent of the loss experienced in terms of coffee harvest and soil was such that, even 14 months after the event, households with land in those areas were struggling to recover. Nevertheless, after 40 months, the zones that had suffered total soil loss began to support soil and vegetation, indicating the possibility of replanting coffee in those areas. Although the hurricane occurred when the coffee sector was particularly fragile as a result of the preceding several years of poor prices, the impact did not trigger extensive land use change. The surveys showed, however, that people are now more informed of the risk of living and farming on the river margins and are now performing soil conservation practices and planting trees to reduce risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-116
Number of pages14
JournalNatural Hazards
Volume58
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

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temporal analysis
coffee
hurricane
panchromatic image
unsupervised classification
tree planting
multispectral image
soil
household survey
riparian zone
soil conservation
SPOT
land use change
land cover
consultation
land use
vegetation
river

Keywords

  • Coffee
  • Community responses
  • Hurricane impacts
  • Remote Sensing

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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Water Science and Technology

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Linking multi-temporal analysis and community consultation to evaluate the response to the impact of Hurricane Stan in coffee areas of Chiapas, Mexico. / Cruz-Bello, Gustavo M.; Eakin, Hallie; Morales, Helda; Barrera, Juan F.

In: Natural Hazards, Vol. 58, No. 1, 07.2011, p. 103-116.

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