Environmental modelling of wetland distribution in the Western Cape, South Africa: A climate change perspective
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Wetlands have been recognised as one of the most intrinsically valuable and threatened ecosystems in the world. Global estimates indicate that wetlands are being lost or transformed at a rapid rate, exacerbated by projected climate change impacts. This has prompted the need to improve wetland mapping to address the conservation and management of these ecosystems effectively. However, this remains a challenge. Current mapping approaches estimates of wetland extent vastly underestimate the true extent. Ancillary data has been acknowledged to improve the accuracy of mapping the distribution of wetlands.