Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 384

JGRP Articles

A new approach for participative urban design: An urban design study of Cumhuriyet urban square in Yozgat Turkey

March 2012

  The concept of participation has come into prominence in urban planning and urban design since the mid- 1970’s as consciousness of local identity increased. There is a significant body of research on participation related to urban design. Various participation methods, models, and processes have been proposed each based on specific experiences. This article presents a participation method and process...

Author(s):   Okan Murat DEDE, ÇiÄŸdem Belgin DÄ°KMEN and Asım Mustafa AYTEN  

Socio-environmental impact of higher institution on host communities

March 2012

  The socio environmental impact of the higher institution on host community was assessed within the context of the regional development and sustainable development. Geographical information system (GIS) maps were used to obtain land use changes in Ijagun town, Ogun State, Nigeria and structured questionnaire to unravel the social implication between the indigenes and non indigenes in relation to the impact of...

Author(s):   Oke Muritala Olaniyi, Oredipe M. O. and Komolafe B. O.  

Morphometric analysis of a highland microwatershed in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya, India: Using remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) techniques

March 2012

  Morphometric analysis of a highland microwatershed (Wah Umbah) area was carried out using remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) techniques. Detailed drainage map of the area was prepared from the high resolution satellite image and Survey of India (SOI) toposheets which was updated using IRS-1D PAN sharpened LISS-III analog data. Updated drainage maps were used for the drainage...

Author(s):   Kalyanjit Sarmah, L. K. Jha and B. K. Tiwari  

Concentrations of green house gases (GHGs) around tankfarms and petroleum tankers depots, Lagos, Nigeria

February 2012

  Air pollution generated through combustion of fossil fuels presents difficult environmental challenge to societies as it could degrade the environment and affect human health and quality of life. Road transportation is a prominent pollutant contributor especially in urban areas. Smokes from exhausts of petroleum tankers generate harmful gases into the atmosphere. The paper is on the level of concentration of...

Author(s):   Alabi S. O. Soneye  

Spatial effects of localization and urbanization economies on urban employment growth in Iran

February 2012

  The emergence and growth of cities is affected through different factors. Urban economists have a broad consensus about the role of agglomeration externalities in the emergence and growth of cities. Urbanization agglomeration that is named Jacobs externalities, refers to the role of economic diversification in urban growth and leads to knowledge spillovers among different types of firms. Localization...

Author(s):   Shekoofeh Farahmand, Nematollah Akbari and Mina Abootalebi  

Spatial security and quest of solutions to crime in neighbourhoods in Urban Zimbabwe: Case in Marlborough East, Harare

February 2012

  This article focuses on issue of security in Marlborough East neighbourhood of Harare, Zimbabwe. Residents in the neighbourhood have suffered severe losses of property, life and valuables. The purpose of the study was to establish the relationship between neighbourhood security and the physical environment by establishing patterns of spatial insecurity through the lens of environmental design in order to...

Author(s):   Farai Nyabvedzi and Innocent Chirisa  

Human resources: A new dimension of cooperation between India and the Philippines

February 2012

  Undoubtedly, human resources are emerging as one of the major sources in contributing to the national gross domestic product (GDP) of any country and with special reference to a developing country like India. This phenomena is also creating another dimension of the economy called ‘knowledge economy’. Many developing countries from Asia have been recording their highest growth rates of their...

Author(s):   G. Jayachandra Reddy  

Investigation of the last Quaternary climate from the geomorphic evidence in Namak Lake basin, Central Iran

February 2012

  Two important characteristics, alternate climatic oscillations and the appearance of human beings, distinguish the Quaternary from other geological periods. The climatic changes have shown increases and decreases of glacial scope in high latitudes, but there are different and opposing theories about the climatic situation in glacial periods of low latitudes such as Iran.  In this study, the climate of...

Author(s):   M. Abtahi, A. Saif  and M. Khosroshahi  

The opencast bauxite mining in N.E. Ghiona: Eco-environmental impacts and geomorphological changes (Central Greece)

January 2012

  It has been observed that certain anthropogenic interventions in the form of mining activities, such as opencast bauxite mining (large artificial cavities -pits-, voluminous piles of calcareous spoils -inert materials- derived from bauxite mining, dense road network constructed in order to get access to the mine location, etc), alter “critical” parameters of...

Author(s):   Αristeidis Mertzanis  

Education and women’s participation in Indian economy: A regional analysis

January 2012

  The paper examines the work participation rate (WPR) of women in Indian states based on the census conducted in 2001. As per 2001 census, the WPR of women was 25.6% in India though they constituted 48.27% of the total population. It was well documented that the educational condition of women has improved in the past few decades but their WPR is still low. Here, the paper tried to see reasons behind this...

Author(s):   Md. Mainuddin  

Migration consequences on marital behaviour in Kenya

January 2012

  This paper analysed the relationship between migration process and marital behaviour in Kenya. Data for analysis came from the Kenya Demographic and Health Surveys (KDHS) of 1988/89 and 1993. The hypothesis was that, women who migrate comprise those that act rationally to maximise other lifetime aspirations at the expense of reproductive behaviours. That is, migrants are involved in behaviours that negatively...

Author(s):   Charles Ochola Omondi  

Rainfall seasonality in the Niger Delta Belt, Nigeria

January 2012

  This paper examined rainfall seasonality in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, using both monthly and annual rainfall data from 1931 to 1997. The data was retrieved from the archives of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency in Lagos. The data was collected on 9 synoptic stations in the region. The statistical tools employed for the study are the cumulative index analysis and the percentage of mean. The result indicated a...

Author(s):   Joseph O. Adejuwon  

The case against nuclear power development in Indonesia

January 2012

  Despite the ongoing environmental and health dangers related to the Fukushima I nuclear meltdowns in Japan, some Asian nations are still entertaining the notion of developing nuclear power from scratch. Indonesia is one such example. It has been said that Indonesia needs more power for its growing industrial sectors. And the world as a whole needs eco-friendly power sources to stop climate change reaching...

Author(s):   Alan Marshall  

Spatial assessment of fresh water supply in Southwest Nigeria

January 2012

  Water is an essential commodity with an unparalleled value after air. This paper is designed to assess the spatial pattern and implications of inadequacy of fresh water supply in major cities and towns of Southwest Nigeria. Data were collected with the aid of questionnaires and oral interview from randomly sampled subjects within the study area. The permanent secretaries in the Ministries of Agriculture and...

Author(s): Kofo Aderogba, Folasade Oderinde and Hakeem Bakare  

The relevance of tourism on the economic development of Cross River State, Nigeria

January 2012

  This study investigated the relevance of tourism on the economic growth of Cross River State, Nigeria. Special focus was on the difference in visitations over the years under investigation to the various tourists attractions within the state. Information for the study was basically from the questionnaire survey and participatory research method. The generated data were analyzed using descriptive statistics...

Author(s):   Ajake, Anim O. and Amalu, Titus E.  

Climate change and implications for sustainable senior secondary school (SSS) geography curriculum in Nigeria

December 2011

  Teaching and learning about the subject, Geography, need to take cognizance of global warming and climate change. The objective of this work is to look into the current syllabus of the SSS geography and identify for attention, modules, topics and other items that must change in the face of global warming. The SSS geography syllabuses were reviewed and so also the texts and other materials used for teaching...

Author(s):   Kofo. A. Aderogba  

The effects of location and neighbourhood attributes on housing values in metropolitan Lagos

December 2011

  The aim of this paper is to analyse and determine the relative roles of location and neighbourhood characteristics in the determination of housing values/prices. In order to achieve this, attempts were made to evaluate the role of location and neighbourhood factors in the determination of house prices; study how house prices / values vary by area; show how spatial variation of the housing attributes leads to...

Author(s):   Ola Aluko  

Distribution and spatial arrangement of rural population in Shaqlawa district, Kurdistan region-Iraq

December 2011

  Rural population distribution has a very significant influence over socio-economic characteristics of world rural communities. It gives a reflection of the burden to the land resources of public services available in an area and also reflects the environmental implications of population to specific area. Regional distribution of rural population in Shaqlawa district reveals considerable inequality in an area...

Author(s):   Ayoob Khaleel, Ibrahim Ngah and Tanka Ossman  

Commercialisation of the incredible force of man-made thunder generated in the Northwest region of Cameroon

December 2011

  This article serves as an eye opener to the world, explaining that there is a traditional technology of great useful force which can be exploited profitably to enhance world development. This technology called man-made thunder is currently being used for destructive purposes by villages in the Cameroon Northwest region. When properly developed, this traditional technology can be used for long distance...

Author(s):   Visemih William Muffee  

Land use determination of arid regions using geographical information system

December 2011

  Soil serves as one of the most important components of natural resource. The vast areas in the arid region with low rainfall in the world were affected by land degradation due to natural factors, anthropological activities (agricultural) and ultra-utilization of land, and they became vain and desert land. Meanwhile, the importance and vitality of land use is more than that of other factors due to the...

Author(s):   Korosh Shirani, Mohammad Reza Hajihashemijazi and Reza Kavandi  

Towards a theoretical framework for the management of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in Swaziland: A review

December 2011

  Sustainable forest management aims to maintain and enhance the economic, social and environmental value of all types of forests, for the benefit of present and future generations. In Swaziland, despite the existence of numerous local, national, regional and international policies and legislation, sustainable forest management is far fetched. The objective of this paper was to review previous studies on policy...

Author(s):   Cliff S. Dlamini and Coert J. Geldenhuys  

Micro-spatial human resource reallocation model for rural agrarian sector, based on classical theories of regional growth: A case study of Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India

December 2011

  Human resource is one of the important fundamental requirements for designing developmental planning for economy and society at both regional and national scales. Present day’s social science does not confine itself within the consideration of the process of development as a cumulative process of enhancing the physical quality of life of inhabitants; rather it tries to chalk out the plans for possible...

Author(s):   Mukunda Mishra

Fuzzy logic and neural network approaches for land cover mapping of the Brazilian territory

December 2011

  Land cover mapping is important for regional and urban plannings. Most of the digital remote sensing based mappings use conventional classification techniques which are limited in their ability to define a wide variety of the existing types of land cover. The objective of this paper is to analyze the potential of fuzzy logic and artificial neural network approaches to produce land cover maps of the Brazilian...

Author(s):   Fernanda de Almeida Prado, Maria de Lourdes Bueno Trindade Galo and Edson Eyji Sano  

A study on factors related to urban growth of a municipal corporation and emerging challenges: A case of Siliguri Municipal Corporation, West Bengal, India

November 2011

  Urbanization refers to the process of becoming urban or in other words urbanization is a cyclical process through which the nation passes as they evolve from agrarian to industrial societies. It is a spatial concomitant phenomenon involving population concentration, structural transformation and socio-psychological change affecting both people and place. Siliguri, the gate way to North East India is not...

Author(s):   Tamal Basu Roy and Sanjoy Saha  

Effects of climatic variables on crop production in Patigi L. G. A., Kwara State, Nigeria

November 2011

    Agricultural production in Nigeria like other developing countries is highly vulnerable to climate variability. This study used regression and correlation analyses to examine the impacts of temperature, relative humidity, rainfall and number of rainy days on food production in the Patigi Local Government Area (LGA) of Kwara State of Nigeria. The results revealed that maize production correlated...

Author(s):   A. M. Tunde, B. A. Usman and V. O. Olawepo    

An analysis of the spatial pattern of activity transition in a traditional African city: A case study of Ilorin, Nigeria

November 2011

  This paper analyses the spatial pattern of activity linkages of people in Ilorin especially the types, location and the spatial pattern of the linkages among the diverse activities. Data were collected from 500 residents of Ilorin, each of whom completed a time budget diary over one week. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the data while probability transition analysis was used to analyse the...

Author(s):   Adedokun Olutoyin Moses  

Eco-tourism necessity to preserve and maintain endangered species: A case study of mugger crocodile

November 2011

  The geographical study of Iran and the feasibility study of tourism attractions in the country indicated that "eco-tourism" is an apt and unique, but neglected economic resource. Protection of habitation areas is one of the main bases of eco-tourism. In the present research, we investigated the role of eco-tourism to preserve and maintain an animal on the verge of extinction [the mugger crocodile...

Author(s):   Ali Khaksari Rafsanjani and Mehrdad Karami  

Impacts of climate change on Namibia, adaption strategies and future recommendations: A review

November 2011

  In spite of the fact that Africa has the lowest greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, studies have shown that it is hit hardest by climate change. Furthermore, poorest people are most likely to be the most affected by climate change. Studies have shown that temperatures in Namibia have been increasing at a rate higher than the mean global rate. Namibia should continue working at the international and the national...

Author(s):   H. R. Lotfy  

Implications of climate variability on water resources of Nigeria: A review

November 2011

  The current water management practices in Nigeria may not be robust enough to cope with the impacts of climate variability on water supply reliability, flood risk, health, agriculture, energy and aquatic. As such, the impacts of climate variability on water resources utilities were evaluated. This paper, therefore, focused on climate variability effects on water and ecosystems services, particularly under...

Author(s):   Enete, Ifeanyi C. and Ezenwanji, E. E  

Landfill development and current practices in Lagos metropolis, Nigeria

October 2011

  The disposal of solid wastes to land is the ultimate end-point for any waste management system. However, waste landfills should be set up and operated properly in order to minimise the risks posed to health and the environment. This review provides an insight into landfill operations and management in Lagos, Nigeria. Secondary data and in-situ observations at the landfill sites were used....

Author(s):   Olorunfemi, F. B.  

Poverty spatial polarization in Senegal

October 2011

  This paper aims at inquiring the impact of neighboring regions poverty rate on the poverty rate of a given region. This inquiry will help find out the best driving region in terms of poverty alleviation in Senegal. We applied basic spatial econometrics tools to Senegalese regions from 1994 to 2006. The results show that a decrease of 0.62% of the poverty rate in Dakar results from an increase of 1% of poverty...

Author(s):   Latif Dramani  

Informal land market: Alternative approach to mass residential housing provision in South-Western Nigeria

October 2011

  There has been continuous patronage of the informal land market by prospective real estate investors particularly in towns and cities within South-Western Nigeria over the years. This paper identifies reasons for the failure of earlier land policies from literature on one hand and why informal land markets continue to flourish by the day in Nigeria with the aid of two questionnaires distributed among fifteen...

Author(s):   Samuel Adesiyan Oloyede, Iroham Emeka Osmond and Caleb Abiodun Ayedun  

The valuation of the role of the rural guiding plans in rural development: A case study of Bonab villages

October 2011

  Rural guiding plans are the prevalent and common projects conducted in rural areas and mostly adopted from urban development projects. They are looked upon as an important tool in developing the villages whose development seems to be essential for improving the infrastructures of the other sectors of the country. It is largely understood that performing studies to improve the production method and taking them...

Author(s):   Javad Hajializadeh and Masoud Mahdavi  

Land uses and human pressure indicators in the Plain of Târgovişte (Romania)

October 2011

  Land uses are closely connected to the favorableness of the natural factors, to their productive potential and to the ameliorative works. In the Plain of TârgoviÅŸte, in time, the structure and geographic repartition of the land uses categories have changed, especially in the sense of the increase of the agricultural areas through the valorization of the weakly productive or non-productive areas, the...

Author(s):   Gica Pehoiu and Mihaela Sencovici  

Dynamics of urban land use changes with remote sensing: Case of Ibadan, Nigeria

October 2011

  There are so many problems confronting most contemporary cities in the recent time particularly among the less developed countries around the world. These problems have been recognized to be the product of lack of urban planning by the authority in-charge as well as individual members of the society. However, the negative relationship between urban population and urban development has been identified using...

Author(s):   Bankole Michael Oladele and Bakare Hakeem Oladimeji  

Palynostratigraphy and depositional palaeoenvironment of Cretaceous-Palaeogene (K-Pg) boundary deposits on Abidjan margin (Côte d’Ivoire)

October 2011

  Palynological analysis were performed on 49 samples of cuttings from the interval 6020' to 4460 ' of an oil well Dino -1x located on Abidjan offshore margin in Côte d'Ivoire. This study proposed a palynostratigraphy and inferred a depositional environment, of which 1,560 feet thickness ismainly of gray clays. The samples first described for a lithological synthesis were...

Author(s):   Digbehi Zéli Bruno, Guédé Koré Elysée, Yao N’goran Jean-Paul, Affian Kouadio, Toé Bi Kahou Katel Kizito, Yao Konan Raphael and Tahi Ignace  

Regional trend analysis of pan evaporation in Nigeria (1970 to 2000)

September 2011

  The trends pan evaporation (PE) in 4 different climatic regions (Sahel, Midland, Guinea Savannah and Coastal/Tropical Rainforest) covering about 21 tropical stations in Nigeria (during the period 1970 to 2000) were investigated. The influence of meteorological variables, which have significant impact on the spatial and temporal trends of pan evaporation for three consecutive decades across the different...

Author(s):   Ogolo E. O.  

Analysis of the situation of social capital resources in rural development: A case study of the central city of Nor Abad Mamsani, Iran

September 2011

  Social capital, while not all things to all people, is many things to a lot of people. Human and social capital play critical roles in rural development, in both the US and Europe, which is a key sociological approach used to study about rural development, in that the former focuses on the relational capital available to a group of actors and which can be mobilized in a development initiative. The goal of...

Author(s):   M. Tavakoli, A. Heydari and L. Shahmordi  

Analysis of the status of traditional knowledge and technology in energy improvement: The case of Sistan Region, Iran

September 2011

  Environments have fascinated humans throughout the ages. Covering approximately one-third of the Earth's land surface, these arid (dry) landscapes receive less than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain per year and they support only limited plant and animal life. Sistan, in the southern east of Iran, is a big plain with high, hot and low rainfall per year. Apparently, humans controlled most of the natural...

Author(s):   Gh. A. Khammar, A. Heydari and L. Shahmoradi  

Urban management in Kurdish border cities of Iran: Case study of Saqqez

September 2011

  Saqqez is the second largest city in the Kurdistan province of Iran. In recent years, Saqqez has been faced with many problems due to emigration from rural centers and small cities. Since immigration has an inadmissible proportion to larger cities, it is blamed on many urban problems. This article wants to review these negative prejudgments in order to delineate specific problems and adopt real urban...

Author(s):   A. Kiani and A. Heydari  

How developing countries can derive value from the principles and practice of geodemographics, and provide fresh solutions to millennium development challenges

September 2011

  Geodemographic segmentation systems are area classifications that use multi-criteria and geo-statistical analytics to group places and people into clusters of similarity. The benefits of these geocomputation techniques have been largely embraced by countries in the developed world where the origins of geodemographics lie. In spite of identified value of segmentation techniques for driving efficacy in policy...

Author(s):   Adegbola OJO and Patrick Oseloka EZEPUE  

An assessment of the level of awareness of the effects of climate change among students of tertiary institutions in Jalingo Metropolis, Taraba State Nigeria

September 2011

  Climate change has become one of the major global challenges of the 21st century. It has been observed that the developing countries of the world (Nigeria inclusive) will suffer most from the impacts of climate change. As the world battles with measures of finding lasting solution to the problem of climate change, this study examines the level of awareness of the problem among students of tertiary...

Author(s):   E. D. Oruonye  

Human response to hydro-meteorological disasters: A case study of the 2010 flash floods in Pakistan

September 2011

  Pakistan is one of the most natural disaster-prone countries in the world and during July-August 2010 the worst ever flood in its history occurred. It may take months if not years for the people to recover from the devastating impact. Natural disasters often result in great losses, both in terms of materials and people’s lives. Vulnerability to natural disasters combined with socio-economic...

Author(s):   Farooq Ahmad, Syeda Farhana Kazmi and Tahir Pervez  

Using geographic information systems (GIS) to determine land suitability for rice crop growing in the Tana delta

September 2011

  This research gives an evaluation of Tana delta with regard to areas that are suitable for rice growing. The study area lies on the Eastern delta area of the Tana river of which 16000 hectares have been earmarked for commercial rice farming. The evaluation of land in terms of the suitability classes was based on the method as described in FAO guideline for land evaluation for rain fed agriculture. A land unit...

Author(s):   David KURIA, Douglas NGARI and Edward WAITHAKA  

Analysis of urban expansion and land use changes in Akure, Nigeria, using remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) techniques

September 2011

  Akure has since it became the administrative headquarters of Ondo State in 1976 been witnessing rapid developmental changes in terms of physical landscape, city growth and urban sprawl. These agents of landuse  landcover changes are capable of creating environmental and climatic problems. In view of this,We fulti temporal remote sensing data and geographic information system (GIS) techniques with field...

Author(s):   Ifeoluwa. A. Balogun, Debo. Z. Adeyewa, Ahmed. A. Balogun and Tobi. E. Morakinyo  

A resource survey for medicinal and edible plant species in the four ecological zones of rural Swaziland

September 2011

  Increased and uncontrolled harvesting of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) often leads to disappearance of numerous plant species and ultimately forest degradation. The objective of this study was to conduct resource surveys to assess the condition and actual quantities of standing stock of species of edible and medicinal NTFPs, and to do an economic analysis of the value of the standing stock. The methods...

Author(s):   Cliff S. Dlamini and Coert J. Geldenhuys  

A methodology proposal for land cover change analysis using historical aerial photos

September 2011

  The analysis of land cover change plays a key role in understanding a great variety of phenomena in several research fields and aerial photos represent the main existent database providing evidence of landscape changes with high detail. However, the extraction of information from aerial photos can be really harsh especially when dealing with historical photos and/or when involving areas with a complex...

Author(s):   Fabio GENNARETTI, Maria Nicolina RIPA, Federica GOBATTONI, Lorenzo BOCCIAand Raffaele PELOROSSO  

Determination of desert areas in the view point of geomorphology using geographical information system: A case study of Ardestan, Isfahan

August 2011

  Geomorphology mainly deals with the factor that affects the formation of earth crust, or in other words, it investigates the earth’s surface reliefs and studies the origin and main factor which affect their formation, and finally, it deals with the deposit that stems from them. In this research, in order to determine and discriminate the desert region realm in eight regions of Ardestan (Isfahan...

Author(s):   Hasan Ahmadi, Mohammad Reza Hajihashemijazi, Hossein Azarnivand and Korosh Shirani  

Demographic comparative in heritage texture of Isfahan City

August 2011

  Attention to heritage area and old texture is very usual in Iran. Since last two decades, revitalization and renovation of historic cores has begun partly in some of the traditional Iranian cities. Historic centre of Isfahan is among the most important cases in central part of Iran. The aim of the conservation of heritage areas in this city is to revive the past image, restoring the ancient parts which still...

Author(s):   Ali Assari and T. M. Mahesh  

Applications of remote sensing (RS) and geographical information system (GIS) for urban land use change study in Ulaanbaatar City, Mongolia

August 2011

  The aim of this study was to analyze the urban land use changes of Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, using very high resolution remote sensing (RS) and geographical information system (GIS) datasets. In this study, land use status in Ulaanbaatar before 1990 are compared with the land use changes that occurred after 1990 and the socio-economic reasons for the changes are described. For the basic...

Author(s):   D. Amarsaikhan, B. Chinbat, M. Ganzorig, V. Battsengel, G. Bulgan, B. Nergui, E. Egshiglen and R. Gantuya  

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