What is it about?

Our study attempts to (1) provide a comprehensive analysis on the major drivers influencing LUCC in South-eastern Ghana (2) investigate class contribution rates in vegetative, water and built-up indices against land surface temperature (3) conduct slope analysis considering the physiological nature of the area, and (4) establish a spatial relationship between the given variables using autocorrelation analysis.

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Why is it important?

The task of developing reliable future LUCC models in the study domain and Ghana to a large extent, is further complicated by limited accurate baseline data on vegetative cover, water, barren and built-up areas. Hence, the necessity and timeliness of conducting this study. The study provides policy guidance amid sustainability concerns on streamlining land use activities in development planning and preservation of forests and river ecosystems that protect flora and fauna to enhance biodiversity and sustainable use of land and water resources.


In this study, we showed how land use, biodiversity and land surface temperature are interlinked. Local or regional studies of this nature are needed to explicitly understand various practices and actions which drive change cumulatively on different scales. Land remains the most fundamental asset for most individuals living in developing countries. Our study provides decision support for development strategists and the international research community to circumvent or re-evaluate critical areas and performance criteria for measuring development and sustainability, respectively. The rapid and significant changes in the area’s LUCC could have devastating impacts on Ghana’s tourism, livelihoods, agriculture and energy sectors; hence, the urgent need for proactive and ecologically sound interventions that address these concerns.

Dr Isaac Sarfo
Henan University

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This page is a summary of: Class dynamics and relationship between land-use systems and surface temperature in south-eastern Ghana, Environmental Earth Sciences, February 2023, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s12665-023-10755-z.
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