An Assessment of the Changes in the Landscape of Ogudu-Oworonshoki Development Prone Area of Lagos Metropolis, Nigeria

Jerry N Obiefuna, Semiat O Idris, N. UDUMA-OLUGU

Abstract


Landscape assessment is the analysis of the evolution of a landscape, an examination of the basic natural and human processes with ecological interrelationships which jointly shape that landscape and determine values for its uses. This paper is an assessment of the landscape of Ogudu-Oworonshoki development prone area on the North-East of Lagos Metropolis. It utilized the analytical tool of ArcGIS with topographic maps and Ikonos imaging to examine changes in the land use/land cover of the area over a period of 40 years from 1965 to 2004. Existing landscape which are suitable and compatible with the landscape of the area were identified through analysis of their conformity with the physiographic units. Results show that the landscape of the area has been gravely altered as urban development, mostly residential, displaced natural land, mostly wetland from 141.90 ha to 38.20 ha in 2004 at the annual rate of 2.60 ha. The implication of the results and findings are highlighted.


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