Frontiers of Earth Science

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 167–176 | Cite as

Remote sensing and GIS for land use/cover mapping and integrated land management: case from the middle Ganga plain

  • R. B. SinghEmail author
  • Dilip Kumar
Research Article


In India, land resources have reached a critical stage due to the rapidly growing population. This challenge requires an integrated approach toward harnessing land resources, while taking into account the vulnerable environmental conditions. Remote sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) based technologies may be applied to an area in order to generate a sustainable development plan that is optimally suited to the terrain and to the productive potential of the local resources. The present study area is a part of the middle Ganga plain, known as Son-Karamnasa interfluve, in India. Alternative land use systems and the integration of livestock enterprises with the agricultural system have been suggested for land resources management. The objective of this paper is to prepare a land resource development plan in order to increase the productivity of land for sustainable development. The present study will contribute necessary input for policy makers to improve the socio-economic and environmental conditions of the region.


land use/cover remote sensing GIS middle Ganga plain integrated land management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography, Delhi School of EconomicsUniversity of DelhiDelhiIndia

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