Ibrahim Abdulrashid Ibrahim Abdulrashid


Rapid urbanization in rapidly growing cities of developing countries exert indelible imprints on the land surface. These changes in land use /land cover in most cases tend to account for adverse environmental consequences. This study was conducted in Sabon-Tasha area of Metropolitan Kaduna to monitor the LULC changes that results from urbanization. Two (2) sets of Landsat images of 2005 and 2016 were obtain from National Remote Sensing Centre Abuja (NASRDA), was used to generate past and current LULC pattern in the study area. Object based classification technique and change detection was used. The study shows that the built-up area has increased significantly and added 256.51 km2 (% change of 221.28) from 2005 - 2016. Increase in built-up area may be attributed to decrease in Vegetation and Bare-land land class. The expansion of built-up area is mostly along major transportation corridors. The 2000 and ethno-religious, conflict on Sharia law and the 2002, Miss World riots are among other factors that precipitrated spurious growth in this area. All these LULC changes, indicates the rapid rate of population and urbanization growth in the Sabon-Tasha area” of Kaduna Metropolis. The Kaduna Town Planning should consider these landuse/landcover patterns and trends in their urban planning and management for sustainable city growth.

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