EFFECTS OF HYDROELECTRIC DAM CONSTRUCTION ON LAND USE LAND COVER CHANGES IN BUI NATIONAL PARK, GHANA

Abstract

The construction of hydroelectric dams in forest reserves has become a matter of concern for biodiversity conservationists. Spatio-temporal change of land cover in the Bui National Park was analyzed using indices calculations of the landscape based on land cover maps obtained from Landsat satellite images for pre-and post-dam construction periods. Significant changes in land cover following the dam construction were observed. Notable changes include the built-up areas and water body, while the forest area decreased. Significant reduction in rainfall and an increase in temperature were observed between the pre-and post-dam construction periods. Increased human activities within the reserve after dam construction could likely compound the changes in land cover.

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13/10/2021
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BEMPAH, Godfred; BOAMA, Prince. EFFECTS OF HYDROELECTRIC DAM CONSTRUCTION ON LAND USE LAND COVER CHANGES IN BUI NATIONAL PARK, GHANA. Mercator, Fortaleza, v. 20, oct. 2021. ISSN 1984-2201. Available at: <http://www.mercator.ufc.br/mercator/article/view/e20027>. Date accessed: 16 june 2024. doi: https://doi.org/10.4215/rm2021.e20027.
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