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Land Use Change Analysis and Modeling Using Open Source (QGIS) Case Study: Boasher Willayat
Issues of land use/land cover changes and the direct or indirect relationships of these changes have drawn much attention in recent years. This research is an attempt to examine the use of QGIS Open source software integrated with GIS techniques to detect, evaluate, and analyze LULC change between 2000 and 2010, to project the future of LULC. MOLUSCE plugin was used for produced the map of area change between study period, and provide transition matrix the represented the replacement from one to others landuse. Finally to detect the future of LULC for 2025 by used Cellular Automata Simulation. As expected, the results showed an increase in urbanization (residential, public building and transport area) while decreasing in agriculture. In the term of projected LULC, the result also suggests a significant increase in residential and public building area. Meanwhile, predictions suggest the agriculture will be reduced by 1.49% in 2025. In conclusion this technique was to be a powerful tools for monitoring and modeling land use and change in land cover.