ASSESSING LAND USE AND LAND COVER CHANGES IN SOUTH GUJARATDileswar Nayak, Nilam Surve and P.K. Shrivastava
Land use land cover (LULC) change detection based on remote sensing data is an important source of information for various decision support systems for important to land conservation, sustainable development and management of water resources. The land use/ land cover mapping has been utilised for identifying the current land use pattern and changes occurred during 2000 and 2011 using satellite remote sensing technology and GIS tools. LANDSAT satellite imageries for the period 2000 and 2011 were used to prepare the land use/land cover (LULC) maps. Study area was characterised into nine classes. The classified images showed that Shallow water, Agriculture field with crops, open field without crop and Forest areas which have been decreased while Deep water, Marshy area, Orchard with other vegetation, Barren land and Built up area have increased during this period. This research highlights that remote sensing and GIS techniques could be effectively used for development of land use/land cover plan.