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Analysis of Land Use or Land Cover Changesusing Remote Sensing Data and GISin Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Area, Gujarat, India

R. D. Kamboj, Lopamudra Das, Nitin Patel, Mitesh Gohil


The present study encompasses the Land use/land cover (LU/LC) change detection in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation area by using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technology, over a period of a decade at an interval of 5 years, i.e., for the year 2005, 2011 and 2016. Based on geographical conditions, remote sensing data and field survey, the study area was classified into six categories. The comparison of LU/LC in 2005, 2011 and 2016 derived from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation map and satellite imagery interpretation indicates that there is a consistent increase in built-up area and open tree cover area.On the other hand, dense tree cover, open land area and water spread area of waterbody declined correspondingly.Moreover, the overall tree cover of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation area has declined from 2523.01 ha to 2477.45 ha from the year 2005 to 2016 which may be due to rapid urbanization of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation area. This study ofdetailed LU/LU change analysis with regular monitoring will be fruitful to drag the attention of urban planners and decision makers for sustainable development, detailed area planning as well as to overcome the problem of decline in green spaces and urban sprawl. Additionally, the findings of the present study will beuseful in monitoring the dynamics of land use resulting from the changing demands of the growing population.


Change detection, Land Use Land Cover, Geographical Information Systems, Remote Sensing

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