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Environments 2015, 2(1), 61-90; doi:10.3390/environments2010061

Critical Assessment of Land Use Land Cover Dynamics Using Multi-Temporal Satellite Images

Department of Cartography, GIS & Remote Sensing, Institute of Geography, Georg-August University of Göttingen, Göttingen, 37077, Germany
Department of W R D & M, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee-247667, India
Department of Civil (Geomatic) Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee-247667, India
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Academic Editor: Yu-Pin Lin
Received: 19 December 2014 / Accepted: 12 February 2015 / Published: 24 February 2015
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An attempt has been made to assess the dynamics of land use land cover change (LULCC) in the study area. LANDSAT-5 TM, IRS-1C LISS III, IRS-P6 LISS III images of 1987, 1997 and 2007, respectively, were digitally classified for land use land cover (LULC) mapping. The dynamics of LULCC critically analyzed for the two time periods 1987–1997 and 1997–2007. The LULCC analyzed in terms of quantity of change and allocation of change. Relative changes; gross gains, gross losses and persistence; net change and swap changes of LULC of the study area examined carefully. The study provided a better understanding of the LULCC pattern. The total change during (1987–1997) was 68.40% and during (1997–2007) was 80.12%. Major exchanges of areas are in between degraded forest and built up land followed by dense forest and degraded forest. Others dominant systematic transitions are: degraded forest to built up land; dense forest to degraded forest; agricultural land to built up; degraded forest to land with or without scrub; land with or without scrub to built up; and in between river and sandy area. The transformation from forest to built up land especially built-up area constitutes a large percentage of the total landscape. The direct beneficiaries of this research will include resource managers and regional planners as well as others scientific community. View Full-Text
Keywords: satellite images; LULC mapping; LULC dynamics; critical analysis of LULCC satellite images; LULC mapping; LULC dynamics; critical analysis of LULCC

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Mondal, M.S.; Sharma, N.; Kappas, M.; Garg, P.K. Critical Assessment of Land Use Land Cover Dynamics Using Multi-Temporal Satellite Images. Environments 2015, 2, 61-90.

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