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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2008, 5(1), 54-67; doi:10.3390/ijerph5010054

Geospatial Information Systems Analysis of Regional Environmental Change along the Savannah River Basin of Georgia

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Department of Advanced Technologies, Alcorn State University, MS 39096 USA
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Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39211 USA
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Received: 30 October 2007 / Accepted: 29 February 2008 / Published: 30 March 2008
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This paper uses remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS); and descriptive statistics in the assessment of environmental change along the Savannah River Basin of Georgia. Results of the study show that Savannah River basin side of Georgia has been experiencing environmental change due to several decades of relentless pressure induced by anthropocentric activities and host of other socio-economic factors. Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) analysis of the area also shows a decline in vegetation cover. The pace of ecological change showed some variations across time and space. Generally, the results point to a decline in water bodies, vegetation, and increase in population, loss of harvested cropland, farms and increasing threats to the environmental systems of the region.
Keywords: Geospatial; Information Systems; Region; Environmental Change; River Basin Geospatial; Information Systems; Region; Environmental Change; River Basin
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Twumasi, Y.A.; Merem, E.C. Geospatial Information Systems Analysis of Regional Environmental Change along the Savannah River Basin of Georgia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2008, 5, 54-67.

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