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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Integrating GIS and Remote Sensing for spatial and temporal assessments of Land Use/Cover Change: impacts of urbanization on urban land use dynamics in Abuja, Nigeria

Evidence C. Enoguanbhor is a doctoral student in the department of Geography (Applied Geoinformation Science), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His research interests are (1) urban land use/cover change detection from historical point of view using historical geographical (Remote Sensing) data. (2) Urban land use/cover change projection and urban expansion of a City-Region. (3) Environmental Assessment of urban land use dynamics and expansion.




The subject matter of this doctoral research is to analyse urban land use dynamics and expansion of Abuja and environs due to urbanization using GIS and Remote Sensing. The aim of this research is to explore the potentials of integrated GIS and Remote Sensing for spatial and temporal assessments of LUCC in Abuja in order to identify, predict, reduce and/or eliminate the environmental impacts of urban land use dynamics. Furthermore, to develop and contribute to geographic database, that would be useful to support decision-making on land use planning and policies. These aims are built around the following specific objectives:

(1) to develop and apply a framework: Geoinformation-based Land Use Change Assessment Process (GLUCAP) for this study,

(2) to identify and test different ways of assessing urban LUCC and the environmental impacts identification and prediction,

(3) to carry out detailed field survey and ground-truthing to confirm and develop training samples for every class to create a signature file for the land use classification,

(4) to assess and geovisualize the LUCC of Abuja between 1990, 1999, 2008, and 2017, together with analysing urbanization driving factors and other spatial determinants,

(5) to predict urban LUCC to 2026, 2035, 2044 and 2053 based on different scenarios,

(6) to analyse, predict and geo-visualise the possibility of Abuja as a City-Region to form one big city through urban land use expansion,

(7) identifying and predicting the environmental impacts of urban land use dynamics, and

(8) to propose the best method of integrating GLUCAP framework into the existing land use planning and policy frameworks in Nigeria.

This research will make use of spatial and descriptive analyses by integrating natural and social science research approaches due to the nature of the research as transformation of human-environment system.

Evidence earned a B.Sc. in Geography and Regional Planning from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria, and a M.Sc. in Environmental and Resource Management from Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany. Currently, he pursues a PhD in the Department of Geography (Applied Geoinformation Science), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.




Evidence C. Enoguanbhor, Doctoral Researcher
THESys Graduate Program
Phone: +49 30 2093 6845
E-mail: evidence.chinedu.enoguanbhor@geo.hu-berlin.de