Abstract—Saudi Arabia is located within an arid to semi-arid
region, however, it is a biological diverse area, because species
have adapted to the adverse ecological circumstances. One of
the most important habitats in Saudi Arabia is the Mahazat
Alsayd natural reserve. Understanding changes in vegetation
cover over time is important for studying the habitats present in
the reserve, and for analyzing the availability of animal fodder,
as well as the extent of vegetation regeneration. Using remote
sensing data and field observations, we detected that the
vegetation coverage of Mahazat Alsayd decreased by 80% from
1995 to 2015. Multiple factors are currently affecting the
structure of the plant and animal communities within the
reserve. Such factors include ecological changes and human
activities. These factors might lead to the extinction of some
plant and/or animal species in the near future, either directly or
indirectly. Thus, a comprehensive management plan must be
implemented in the reserve as soon as possible to maintain and
recover vegetation to provide sufficient animal feed, facilitating
the sustainable conservation of animals and plants within the
reserve. The vegetation cover assessment presented here
provides an important source of information for conservation
Index Terms—Conservation, natural reserve, remote sensing, vegetation.
The authors are with the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Arabia (e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Ali A. Al-Namazi and Khalid A. Almalki, "Assessing the Impacts of Vegetation Cover Change in Mahazat Alsayd Natural Reserve Using Remote Sensing and Ground-Truth Data," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 180-185, 2020.Copyright © 2020 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).