Landuse map of jharia coalfield, eastern india, aided by remote sensing

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Abstract

Land use conditions are bound to change in any area where some amount of mining activity is going on every day. For such a field, a land use map of existing conditions helps much in monitoring the damages to land use caused by mining, if the pre-mining land use conditions are known. Further, such maps help in formulating the final land use plan, as an input information about capability of each and every parcel of land in that field.

With this view, a land use map of Jharia coalfield for 1987 has been prepared using satellite imagery data. This has helped much by saving time and giving an overall picture of land use pattern of the entire coalfield.