ISSN(Print): 2709-6254 | ISSN(Online) : 2709-6262 | ISSN-L : 2709-6254


Urban Expansion and Remote Sensing Techniques: An Assessment of Multan City during 2008-2018


  1. Basit Nadeem
    Lecture, Department of Geography, Bahauddin Zakriya University Multan, Punjab, Pakistan
  2. Qurt ul Ain
    M.Phil Scholar, Department of Geography, Islamia University Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan
  3. Neelma Hassan
    MS, Department of Geography, GC University Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan


This paper presents an incorporated study of urban growth and expansion of Multan City, by using remote sensing techniques, and discussed the temporal and spatial characteristics of urban expansion and land use land cover change from 2008 to 2018. Multan, city of Pakistan, has been facing rapid urban evolution the last eras. The progress of socio-economic development and urban growth has concluded in the quick change of urbanization. Temporally, urban expansion shows rapid and sluggish growth stages, with the high-speed growth shifting to all the directions. The result shows the detection of this decay from 2008 to 2018 of Multan city. In 2008 built up area covered 47.4 sq km that increased rapidly till 2018 that is expanding up to 70.3 km. A key effect of this urbanization is actually detected in the practice of a rise of growth of population. Due to urban expansion, Multan has moved out under extensive Land use changes the last decades. Being the agricultural landscape over all, instead of progress in agricultural activities, the district of Multan has shown a decrease in the agricultural land. Loss of agricultural land has resulted into the increase of urban land area. In other words the inhabited area has been increased at the cost of decrease of food required for the growing population. The major factors influencing urban expansion and land use/cover change are also discussed. In general, the traffic conditions, population, industrialization, and policy are the major factors that influenced the urban expansion.

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Change Detection, Population Growth, Remote Sensing, Urban Expansion


Article # 37
Volume # 2
Issue # 3

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DOI Number: 10.47205/jdss.2021(2-III)37
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