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Analysis and Prediction of Land-use and Land-cover Changes and Driving Forces by using GIS and Remote Sensing in the Coka Watershed, Southern Ethiopia
First Online 30-03-2022|
Methods: LULC changes were analyzed using geographic information system Landsat and predicted by CA-Markov model.
Result: The results of this study confirmed that cultivated-land and rural-settlement, bare-land, built-up-area and waterbody have increased at an annual rate of 23.1, 2.2, 0.8 and 1.1 ha/year but forestland, bushland and grassland have decreased at an annual rate of 14.4, 4.1 and 8.7 ha/year, respectively. It is projected that the increase in cultivated-land, bare-land, built-up-area and waterbody but decreases the forestland, grassland and bushland. Expansion of agriculture and deforestation showed increasing trend on both previous and predicted LULC changes with upcoming expansion of bare-land due to major driving factor of population growth. Thus, well integrated landscape planning and reliable predictions for future LULC are needed to reduce the deterioration of environment.
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