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Land Use / Land Cover Changes and Urban Expansion in Jammu city, India and its surroundings

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu, Jammu, J and K, India
  • 2Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu, Jammu, J and K, India

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 5, Issue (5), Pages 32-40, May,22 (2016)


Rapid, unplanned urbanization affects the existing land use patterns at a fast rate, which generally leads to changes that are unsustainable. Jammu, one of the two capital cities of the state of Jammu and Kashmir has experienced an rapid expansion of urban area during the last three decades. This paper seeksto detect, quantify and analyze these land use changes using Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). This was done by conducting a multi-temporal study for Jammu city and its surrounding areas for the years 1989, 2000 and 2014 using Landsat data. Visual interpretation of satellite imagery was used to produce three maps of land use categories and the corresponding statistics. The changes occurring during the last 25 years were estimated using GIS tools. The over-all changes show that the built-up area has increased significantly at the cost of agricultural and other land use classes like scrub. Importantly, the study shows that the unplanned urbanisation has had an alarming impact on the seasonal stream beds that have been engulfed in the expanding built-up class. In conclusion, RS and GIS technologies can be used to assist decision makers to monitor implementation of plans and prepare future plans in accordance with the principles of sustainability and environmental conservation.


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