Analysis of land cover/use changes using Landsat 5 TM data and indices


OSGOUEI P. E. , Kaya S.

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, vol.189, no.4, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 189 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10661-017-5818-5
  • Title of Journal : ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT

Abstract

Urban expansion and unprecedented rural to urban transition, along with a huge population growth, are major driving forces altering land cover/use in metropolitan areas. Many of the land cover classes such as farmlands, wetlands, forests, and bare soils have been transformed during the past years into human settlements. Identification of the city growth trends and the impact of it on the vegetation cover of an area is essential for a better understanding of the sustainability of urban development processes, both planned and unplanned. Analyzing the causes and consequences of land use dynamics helps local government, urban planners, and managers for the betterment of future plans and minimizing the negative effects.