Land use/land cover change evaluation using land change modeller: A comparative analysis between two main cities in Sierra Leone

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dc.contributor.author Tarawally, M.
dc.contributor.author Wenbo, X.
dc.contributor.author Weiming, H.
dc.contributor.author Mushore, T.D.
dc.contributor.author Kursah, M.B.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-26T15:34:33Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-26T15:34:33Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri 10.1016/j.rsase.2019.100262
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.uew.edu.gh/xmlui/handle/123456789/228
dc.description.abstract Owing to the proven capability of remotely sensed data in the extraction and analysis of land use land cover (LULC) change, Landsat ETM+ and OLI imagery of 2000 and 2015 have been used in this research to carry out the LULC change comparative analysis in Bo and Freetown, two major urban areas in Sierra Leone, Africa. The supervised imagery classification with maximum likelihood algorithm method was adopted for the extraction of LULC categories. To demonstrate our idea effectively, we used the land change modeller integrated into IDRISI Selva software package to quantify and map the changes of each LULC category. Employing an error matrix table and estimator of Kappa statistics (Khat), we achieved overall accuracy and Khat greater than 80% for both cities and class level accuracies were also achieved as greater than 70%. The LULC change statistics show dynamic characteristics of LULC in the areas where maximum fluctuation was observed in dense vegetation category in Bo and agricultural land in Freetown. The built-up area shows a continuous increasing trend in both cities. Results of our analysis demonstrated that dense vegetation increased by 1024 ha (ha) in Bo whereas it reduced by 3807 ha (ha) in Freetown between 2000 and 2015 study years. Likewise, agricultural land increased by 545 ha (ha) in Bo and decreased by 9145 ha (ha) in Freetown during the same period. It is worth noting that the built-up area increased in both cities as 1326 ha (ha) and 8543 ha (ha) were recorded in Bo and Freetown, respectively. The spatial trend of LULC transition reveals that most of the transition has been occurring in the central part of Bo; whereas the transition occurs in the northern and southern parts in Freetown. However, both cities witness transition at the southern part with regards to dense vegetation category. These findings could assist in making policies for the efficient use of natural resources leading to the development of sustainable urban environments. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Natural Science Foundation of China. This work was supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China ( 41371398 ). Appendix A en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier B.V. en_US
dc.subject GIS en_US
dc.subject Land change modeller en_US
dc.subject Landsat en_US
dc.subject LULC en_US
dc.subject Remote sensing en_US
dc.subject Supervised classification en_US
dc.title Land use/land cover change evaluation using land change modeller: A comparative analysis between two main cities in Sierra Leone en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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