The implications of land use/cover dynamics on resources development in Tubah sub-division, Cameroon

  • Balgah Sounders Nguh
  • Nformi Beatrice Maluh
Keywords: Land use/cover, Dynamics, Remote Sensing Techniques, Geographic Information System, Resource Implications, Tubah

Abstract

The environment at various scales is greatly modified through the activities of man and his dynamic science and technology. These modifications essentially constitute land use/cover changes. This paper describes the implications of land use dynamics on resource development in Tubah Sub-division over time and space from 1983 to 2013. This research has made use of remote sensing techniques and Geographic Information System (GIS) in describing land use/cover changes in Tubah Sub-division. Primary data was obtained through field observations and ground truthing in order to confirm observations on satellite imageries. Land use maps were produced using the GIS software packages of Google Earth, ENVI 4.3, Global Mapper 15 and ArcGis 10.2. Maps were generated to show changes in land use/cover which were transposed into tables and bar graphs to show the magnitude of changes, percentage of change and the rate of change. These changes are necessary for economic development and social progress, but often come at a substantial cost on the environment and resources. The analysis of static land use maps of 1983, 2000, and 2013, all pointed to the fact that, there have been significant changes observed on forest cover, farmland, grazing land and settlement land uses.

Keywords: Land use/cover, Dynamics, Remote Sensing Techniques, Geographic Information System, Resource Implications, Tubah

Published
2018-01-12
Section
Articles

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