Description

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.

Key Features

  • 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

Readership

Environmentalists, land ecologists, engineers, geologists, geomorphologists, archaeologists, soil scientists, and land managers

Table of Contents

Series Page

Foreword

Introduction

Contributors

Section I: Natural Resources

Chapter 1. General Geology of Kenya

Abstract

1 Introduction

2 The Nyanzian Shield

3 The Kisii Group

4 Mozambique Belt

5 Palaeozoic and Mesozoic Sediments

6 Tertiary and Quaternary Volcanics

7 Tertiary and Quaternary Sediments

References

Chapter 2. Mineral, Oil and Gas Resources

Abstract

1 Mineral Resources

2 Oil and Gas Resources

References

Chapter 3. Relief, Physiography and Drainage

Abstract

1 Introduction

2 Major Physical Regions of Kenya

3 The Drainage Patterns

References

Chapter 4. Quaternary Evolution

Abstract

1 Introduction

2 The Western Kenya Region

3 The Kenya Rift System

4 The Eastern Kenya Region

5 The Coastal Kenya Region

References

Chapter 5. Climate

Abstract

1 The Climate of Kenya

2 Air Masses in Kenya

3 Rainfall and Temperature

4 Climatic Regions in Kenya

5 Climate and Agriculture

6 Climate Extremes

7 A Note on Meteorologic Networks and Observations in Kenya

References

Further-Reading

Chapter 6. Remote Sensing Application Supporting IWRM in Kenya

Abstract

1 Concept of Remote Sensing

2 Status of Stored Water in Kenya

3 Contribution of Geospatial Information in Supporting IWRM

4 Case Studies

Acknowledgements

References

Chapter 7. Surface Flows for People and Wildlife in the Transboundary Mara River Basin

Abstract

1 Introduction

2 Environmental Flow Assessment to Set the Reserve

3 Results of the Assessment

4 Implications of Environmental Flow Recommendations

References

Chapter 8. Groundwater Distribution

Details

No. of pages:
402
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
Electronic ISBN:
9780444595478
Print ISBN:
9780444595591