West Africa has experienced significant deforestation over the last decades. Much of the tropical forest has been lost as a result of agricultural expansion, mining, logging, and rapid urbanization. These changes are particularly visible in Ghana, a country where farmlands and cities are expanding rapidly into the savannas, woodlands and forests. Agricultural lands represent more than a third of Ghana’s land area today, against 13% in the mid-1970s. During the same period, the population of the country has been multiplied by three.
The Ghana Land Use Project (GALUP) project will enhance the current operational planning framework and building capacity for effective land use planning in Ghana. Working in close collaboration with national and regional authorities in Eastern and Central Ghana, the project aims to build local capacity in the region regarding remote sensing and GIS, and transfer the land use planning framework for continued planning.
The GALUP project has been awarded by SERVIR, a joint venture between NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development to help developing countries use Earth-observing satellites and geospatial technologies for managing climate risks and land use. It is led by Professor Jasmeet Judge in the UF/IFAS Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Department, in collaboration with researchers from UF, the Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS) in Ghana, the University of Ghana, and Pivot Partnerships.
The goal of the Ghana Land Use Project (GALUP) is to provide an effective planning framework to land managers in Ghana. The framework will integrate remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to model the linkages between deforestation, urbanization and agricultural expansion in the country. The project will also identify potential conflicts between different land uses, such as agriculture, mining or conservation, and predict land-use change scenarios.
Professor Jasmeet Judge is a Professor of Microwave Remote Sensing in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida and the Principal Investigator of the GALUP project.
Dr. Aditya Singh is an Assistant Professor of Remote Sensing in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida.
Dr. Olivier J. Walther is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Florida.
Dr. Iris Patten
Dr. Gregory Kiker is Professor of Ecological Modeling and Management in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida.
Foster Mensah is the Executive Director of Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services, a Geo-information Services and Research Support Centre based at the University of Ghana.
Rachata Muneepeerakul is an Associate Professor of System Modeling in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida.
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Ghana Land Use Project (GALUP) - 2020