Research Papers/Topics in Geography And Environmetal Studies

Development of a Standalone Application for Unsupervised Image Classification

ABSTRACTThis project research aimed to develop a standalone computer application for image classification using Matlab 9.2 by adopting the Rapid Application Development Model (RAD). The software can be used for image preprocessing and image classification. The test run of the software was carried out using acquired LANDSAT image and Google earth image of Federal University of Technology Gidan-Kwano campus. The program was designed to accept the input image in all format for the classific...

ASSESSMENT OF THE ACCESSIBILITY OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM IN KAURU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA

ABSTRACT Improvements in access to Primary Health Care (PHC) pave the way for advancement in the quality of people’s life. This study assesses access to PHC in Kauru LGA, Kaduna State, with a view to provides necessary information for future health planning effort. The spatial locations of all the 40 healthcare facilities were ascertained using Global Position System (GPS) to create a database (using Arc map 10.0). Evaluative and survey design were adopted for this work, health pe...

Academic Geography, Nigerian Universities and post-modern realities

Geography has become such an important field of knowledge with several academic traditions which sometimes overwhelm the capacity of students to fully comprehend its scope. It seems more dreaded especially at the mention of ‘maps’ and ‘map-making’. Outside the borders of the discipline, geography is associated with maps and map-making with the implication that a prospective candidate’s primary interest in the discipline is defined and shaped by interest in maps and map-making....

ANALYSIS OF THE ACTIVITIES OF STREET TRADING ON UYO METROPOLIS, AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA

In many cities all over the world, urban public space has become the place of work of the urban poor. In the study by Ekpenyong and Sibiri (2011), street trading and child labour, reflected on chronic urban poverty which can compel parents/guardian to send their children/wards of school age to work to boost family income for many hours each day. The study shows that 64% of the tradeers are females while 36% of them are males. This work aimed at Analyzing the Activities of Street Tradin...

Managing Water Resources in Nigeria Global Thinking Versus Local Realities in the Cross River Basin

Water resources management has passed through many stages over the millenium. In the process, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) was discovered and embraced as a panacea for the world’s water resources problems. Many countries in the developing realm have adopted IWRM with measurable success. Experiences in the developing countries have never come out very clear. This study attempts to have insight into how the general principles of IWRM performs at local situations in Nigeria. Th...

Energy Consumption Towards a Better Future: Knowledge Practice and Attitude of college students in UAEU

 Energy exists in many different forms such as light energy, heat energy, mechanical energy, gravitational energy, electrical energy, sound energy, chemical energy, Nuclear or atomic energy and so on. These forms of energy can be relocated and converted between one another. When source of energy ends up as electricity, it moves with many transformations before it can power the light bulb. The aim of this study was to explore the level of student’s awareness on the importance of saving ...

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE INCREASE IN INCIDENCE OF MALARIA CASES IN THE DVOKOLWAKO AREA OF SWAZILAND FROM 1990-2004

The study examines the factors that account for the increase in malaria cases in Dvokolwako area (Swaziland), which in the past was generally malaria free. The two main aspects examined in the study area are climate change patterns and sugar cane cultivation under irrigation. Climatic data of the area was obtained from the Mbabane National Meteorological Service, whilst retrospective inpatient malaria data was obtained from Dvokolwako and Mliba clinics. Data on sugar cane growing was collecte...

Geospatial Analysis of Landuse/Landcover Changes in Wudil Town of Kano State (IJSRES-15-19)

Wudil is an ancient town in the savannah of northwestern Nigeria that is now growing. The growth of the town has set in landuse/landcover change in the area. In order to understand the pattern of the change, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System techniques were used to examine the current trend in the landuse/landcover change in the area, while questionnaire survey was used to investigate the factors responsible for the change. Landsat images of the town for 2000 and 2014 w...

Geospatial Projection of Landuse/Landcover changes in Wudil Town of Kano State (IJSRES-15-59)

Wudil is an ancient town that is fast growing in Kano state of northwestern Nigeria. In spite of the continuous urbanization experienced in Wudil, accurate information on the rate and pattern of urbanization which is required for future regional development of the town is inadequate. Recent study used geospatial techniques to analyze the pattern of landuse/landcover change in the area from 2000 to 2014. Although the study provided insight on the current rate of urban growth of the town...

Energy Service Companies as a Component of a Comprehensive University Sustainability Strategy

The sustainability deficit observed in modern universities is not necessary to fulfill the education, research, or administrative functions of the university system, because a vast quantity of natural resources are currently wasted. The current waste thus provides a large number of opportunities to improve environmental stewardship while reducing operating costs. Guaranteed energy savings programs (GESPs), which utilize the technical and financial expertise of energy service companies (ESCOs)...

Estimating Potential Photovoltaic Yield with r.sun and the Open Source Geographical Resources Analysis Support System

The package r.sun within the open source Geographical Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS) can be used to compute insolation including temporal and spatial variation of albedo and solar photovoltaic yield. A complete algorithm is presented covering the steps of data acquisition and preprocessing to post simulation whereby candidate lands for incoming solar farms projects are identified. The optimal resolution to acquire reliable solar energy outputs to be integrated into PV system design...

Peer-to-Peer Financing Mechanisms to Accelerate Renewable Energy Deployment

Despite the clear need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lack of access to capital and appropriate financing mechanisms has limited the deployment of renewable energy technologies (RETs). Feed-in Tariff (FIT) programs have been used successfully in many countries to make RETs more economically feasible. Unfortunately, the large capital costs of RETs can result in both the slow uptake of FIT programs and incomplete capture of deployment potential. Subsidies are concentrated in financial inst...

Limitations of Nuclear Power as a Sustainable Energy Source

This paper provides a review and analysis of the challenges that nuclear power must overcome in order to be considered sustainable. The results make it clear that not only do innovative technical solutions need to be generated for the fundamental inherent environmental burdens of nuclear energy technology, but the nuclear industry must also address difficult issues of equity both in the present and for future generations. The results show that if the concept of just sustainability is applied ...

A GIS Application for Location Selection and Customers' Preferences for Shopping Malls in Al Ain City; UAE

 Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are used today at several planning applications and taking advantage of information technology, this system enable the handling of both spatial and non-spatial data for constructing thematic maps describing a variety of information relating to economic activities. Current research examined the potential of suitable location as well as to study customers' preferences for shopping malls in the area. In this study, evaluation of data concerning the su...

Urban Development: Mapping Social Impact Assessment among Educators of Al Ain City

 This study investigates the level of social welfare services offered in Al-Ain, by gauging how satisfied educators are with the quality and quantity of services offered and its current distribution. This study employs a descriptive survey approach in collecting data from 120 respondents using stratified random sampling. Data was collected using questionnaires, directed to the respondent. Primary data was collected from the key informant through interview among educators, while secondary...


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