Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Analysis of Urban Growth in Edwardsville Illinois Using Remote Sensing and Population Change
by Onuoha, Hilda U., M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2016, 97; 10249218
Abstract (Summary)

Rapid urbanization is one of the many critical, global issues. This very significant social and economic phenomenon has brought about much debate in the past twenty years and has become a very important policy issue. Understanding its dynamics and patterns is important to develop appropriate policies and make more informed planning decisions. Many dimensions to the urban land growth have been identified in related literature including drivers, relationship with other factors like population, impacts, and methods of measurement. In this study, urban growth in the Edwardsville area (composed of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon, Illinois) is analyzed spatio-temporally using remote sensing and population change from 1990 to 2015.

The objectives of this study are (a) identifying the major land use changes in the Edwardsville area from 1990 to 2015, (b) analyzing the rate of urban growth and its relationship to population change in the area from 1990 to 2015, (c) identifying the general pattern and direction of urban growth in the study area. Using multi-temporal satellite images to classify and derive changes in land cover classes during the study period, results showed that the land cover classes with major changes are the urban/built-up land and agricultural/grassland, with a steady increase in the former and steady decrease in the later. Results also show the highest rate of increase in urban land was between 2000 and 2010. In comparison to population, the both show increase over the study years but urban land shows a higher rate of increase indicating dispersion. To analyze urban growth pattern in the area, the study area was divided into three zones: NE, SE, and W. The SE zone showed the highest amount of the growth and from the results, the infill type of growth was inferred.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Odemerho, Francis O.
Commitee: Hanlon, James, Hu, Shunfu
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Remote sensing, Urban planning
Keywords: Population change, Urban growth
Publication Number: 10249218
ISBN: 978-1-369-52670-7
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