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Urban Studies Research
Volume 2016, Article ID 4673019, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/4673019
Research Article

Analysis of Akure Urban Land Use Change Detection from Remote Imagery Perspective

1Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, PMB 704, Akure, Nigeria
2Department of Geography and Planning Science, Faculty of the Social Sciences, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria

Received 17 November 2015; Accepted 27 December 2015

Academic Editor: Thomas Panagopoulos

Copyright © 2016 Julius Oluranti Owoeye and Oyewole Amos Ibitoye. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study presents the analysis of Akure urban land use change detection from remote imagery perspective. Efforts were made to examine the direction that the continuous expansion of the city tends towards since its inception as a state capital in 1976. Using Aerial Imagery Overlay (AIO), the pattern of land use changes in Akure and its environs were determined. This involves imageries interpolation and overlaying to determine the land use changes, direction, and extent of the expansion. Findings revealed unguided expansion in the growth of the city which affects the pattern of land uses within the city and, by extension, into the adjoining settlements. There were incompatible conversions in land uses and undue encroachment into green areas in the adjoining communities. The study suggests effective zoning strategy on unguided nature of urban development whose effects on land use are very prominent in the study area. Adequate monitoring by the Development Control Department and other stakeholders in urban planning is equally suggested to mitigate the incompatible land use changes in the area.