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Title: Recent changes in land use in south-east Scotland : an approach with integration of remote sensing and GIS
Author: Xu, Hui
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1993
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The overall aim of this thesis is to investigate and to evaluate an alternative method for monitoring changes in land use through a selected study for a test location in south-east Scotland, with application of state-of-the-art approaches where possible. The specific objectives are: (1) to consider existing methods for image classification and integrated mapping of land use/land cover; (2) to construct the patterns and trends of recent changes in land use/land cover in south-east Scotland with a combination of different data sources and methods; (3) to test the feasibility of remote sensing data in land use/land cover studies integrated with GIS techniques and (4) to evaluate different data and methods adopted in the study and to explore their relationships. Using the available data sources of agricultural statistics, Landsat images and additional statistical and cartographic data, the principal methods include cartographic representation of the parish summaries, analysis of their temporal changes and establishment of relationships between different land use variables, as well as training, classification, accuracy assessment and comparison of Landsat images. They are integrated in the GIS to meet the research requirements and to supplement findings of each other. The main facets of changes in land use in south-east Scotland since the late 1940s are revealed in the study, through analysis of the available parish summaries. The general characteristics of the land use/land cover patterns show a continuation of previous findings. They also reflect changes in government policies.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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