• Anurag B.Tech 3rd Year, Civil Engineering Department, VIT University, Vellore
  • Ankita Saxena Research Scholar, Civil Engineering Department, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur- 302017.
  • Biswajeet Pradhan Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Technology, Sydney, CB11.06217, Building 11, 81, Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007 (PO BOX 123



Geo-spatial, LULC Change, Modelling, Prediction, Rural Development.


Land use change modelling are the tools to support timely and effective monitoring of natural resources through spatio-temporal land use/ land cover (LULC) change detection which can help decision makers for optimum resources planning and utilisation for sustainable rural development. Number of models and approaches have been developed in recent past to analyse land use/land cover change considering different type of data/variables at different levels of complexity and resolution. Such different methods/ models have their own limitations, advantages and suitability in a particular condition. There is no agreement among research community about suitability and effectiveness of a particular method. Present study aims to present a comparative study of popularly used LULC change detection models and techniques. Different models and techniques are compared in terms of level of complexity, considered explanatory variables, spatial extent, temporal dynamism,predictability and level of spatial interaction. For each category, a thorough review of models and approaches is presented which helps in understanding the operational concepts and utility of models/ approaches.


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Anurag, Saxena, A., & Pradhan, B. (2018). LAND USE/ LAND COVER CHANGE MODELLING: ISSUES AND CHALLENGES. Journal of Rural Development, 37(2), 413–424.


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