Forest Loss and Other Dynamic Land Use Changes in the Western Region of Ghana
Quantifying the forest loss and land use dynamics using satellite data is becoming increasingly important in natural resource management. Deforestation anddegradation have become issues of paramount concern due to climate changeanxieties. Satellite imagery in this study via Landsat TM, Landsat ETM + and DMChave provided vital tools for assessing forest loss and land use change in theWestern Region of Ghana from 1990 -2010. The study employed a combinationmethod in Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) toestimate, classify and map the forest cover and land use change over a twentyyear period. The study revealed a very serious problem of forest loss. The WesternRegion is the most
forested, natural resources rich and biologically diverse inGhana. This study offers vital pieces of information which may be used to observe;advice and sway land use to a more beneficial and sustainable manner as thetrend of forest loss is alarming in this part of country.