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Integrating Remote Sensing, GIS, census and socio-economic data in studying the population-land use/cover Nexus in Ghana.

Samuel N.A Codjoe, University of Ghana

Land is a very important asset and a means to sustain livelihood. In the face of a rapidly growing global population, increase in technological capacity, and affluence, the earth’s land cover has been transformed. At the same time, social organization, attitudes, and values have also undergone profound changes. In contemporary times, issues of sustainable development, pollution prevention, global environmental change and related issues of human-environment interaction have been a major concern, due to global warming and its consequences, which are threatening the very existence of humans on earth. Remotely sensed data in combination with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have been observed to have potential scientific value for the study of population-environment interaction. This paper provides an account of how Remote Sensing, GIS, census and socio-economic survey data have been integrated in studying the population land-use/cover nexus in Ghana, and identifies the major methodological challenges, and solutions.

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Presented in Session 81: Population and evironmental change in Africa