Paudel D.,Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation MFSC |
Thakur J.K.,Health and Environmental Management Society HEMS |
Singh S.K.,Allahabad University |
Srivastava P.K.,University of Bristol
Geocarto International | Year: 2015
Soil is a vital part of the natural environment and is always responding to changes in environmental factors, along with the influences of anthropogenic factors and land use changes. The long-term change in soil properties will result in change in soil health and fertility, and hence the soil productivity. Hence, the main aim of this paper focuses on the analysis of land use/land cover (LULC) change pattern in spatial and temporal perspective and to present its impact on soil properties in the Merawu catchment over the period of 18 years. Post classification change detection was performed to quantify the decadal changes in historical LULC over the periods of 1991, 2001 and 2009. The pixel to pixel comparison method was used to detect the LULC of the area. The key LULC types were selected for investigation of soil properties. Soil samples were analysed in situ to measure the physicochemical soil properties. The results of this study show remarkable changes in LULC in the period of 18 years. The effect of land cover change on soil properties, soil compaction and soil strength was found to be significant at a level of <0.05. © 2014, © 2014 Taylor & Francis.