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|Title:||Spatio-temporal study on changing trend of land use and land cover pattern in Munnar area, Idukki district, Western Ghats, India|
Gupta, N J
|Keywords:||Anthropological activity;Change detection;GIS;Inter sub-basin analysis;Remote Sensing;Time series analysis|
|Abstract:||Munnar is a world-famous tourist place surrounded by rolling hills & barren cliffs at the top with tea plantation at lower altitude, situated in the vicinity of Western Ghats in Kerala state of India. Presently, Munnar area is facing pressure of unplanned developmental activities to accommodate growing tourist flow. Landslide problems are also reported in the last couple of decades in this area; mostly mud/soil flow, rock fall and small rotational failures at places mainly due to change in rainfall pattern and change in the land use and land cover. An attempt has been made to study the change in the land use and land cover pattern of Munnar area covering roughly 542 km2 using image processing and Geographical Information System. Studies have been carried out with the Survey of India Toposheet of the year 1980, and Cartosat imageries of the years 1995, 1997 2005, 2007 and 2014. Substantial change has been observed in the land use and land cover in this area from 1980 to 2014. Results are encouraging as the forest cover has increased in the study area, though construction activities are still nonsystematic and unplanned. This study provides the information regarding the changing trend of land use and land cover of the Munnar area over 34 years and will be helpful for sustainable planning and development of the beautiful Munnar area, Western Ghats of India.|
|ISSN:||0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||IJMS Vol.49(06) [June 2020]|
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