Monitoring urban growth and land use land cover change in Al Ain, UAE using remote sensing and GIS techniques

Liaqat, Muhammad U. and Chowdhury, Rezaul K. (2017) Monitoring urban growth and land use land cover change in Al Ain, UAE using remote sensing and GIS techniques. In: International Conference on Engineering Geophysics, 9-12 Oct 2017, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.

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Abstract

Urbanization and industrialization cause a serious land degradation problem, including an increased pressure on natural resources such as deforestation, rise in temperature and management of water resources. The Urban Heat Island (UHI) effects of urbanization are widely acknowledged. Increase of impervious surface is a surrogate measure of urbanization and their effects on local hydrology is well reported in literature. This study investigates the spatial-temporal dynamics of land use and land cover changes in Al Ain, UAE, from 2006 to 2016. The Landsat images of two different periods, i.e., Landsat ETM of 2006 and Landsat 8 for 2016 were acquired from earth explorer site. Semi-supervised known as the hybrid classification method was used for image classification. The change detection was carried out through post-classification techniques. The study area was categorized into five major classes. These are agriculture, gardens, urban, sandy areas and mixed urban/sandy areas. It was observed that agricultural and urban land increases from 42,560 ha to 45,950 ha (8%) and 8150 ha to 9105 ha (12%), respectively. Consequently, the natural sandy area was reduced. It was also found that the urban area was expanded dramatically in the west and southwest directions. The outcomes of this study would help concerning authorities for a sustainable land and water resources management in the Al Ain region.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2018 06:17
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2020 04:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental, hydrology, remote sensing
Fields of Research (2008): 12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120504 Land Use and Environmental Planning
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960911 Urban and Industrial Land Management
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1190/iceg2017-044
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34220

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