Competitive Land Use/Cover of Kumasi and its Environs Based on Satellite Imagery Studies
Man has been altering land cover since pre-history through the use of fire to hunt for game and since the advent of plant and animal domestication, through the clearance of patches of land for housing, agriculture and livestock. In the past two centuries the impact of human activities on land has grown enormously, altering entire landscapes, and ultimately impacting the earth abiotic components (climatic and edaphic factors) and other biotic components. Land-use and land-cover changes are local and place specific, occurring incrementally in ways that often escape our attention. Yet collectively, they add up to one of the most important facets of global environmental change. This study used the techniques of satellite imagery (Landsat images) and GIS to analyze the extent of land use /cover and land change between the years 1986 - 2010 in Kumasi and its environs of Ghana. Within this twenty year interval, the images were analyzed by comparison and contrasting to ascertain how the land-cover and land use have
changed over the years.