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

The fast growing megacity Karachi as a frontier of environmental challenges: Urbanization and contemporary urbanism issues

November 2010

  The megacity Karachi, as a globalized complex, is the business capital of Pakistan and had been the federal capital until 1958. It is one of the most important cities of the world in terms of population, economic potential and geo-strategic location. A growing body of infrastructural development during this decade has thoroughly changed the landscape of the city. The recent development pattern proclaims it as...

Author(s):   Salman Qureshi  

What do place-based crime prevention strategies mean for the Turkish planning system and urban transformation?

November 2010

  According to place-based crime theories, the distribution of crime incidents in a city is related to how different areas of a city are developed; and consequently, by developing an understanding of the relationship between the distribution of crime and the urban structure, the potential for crime prevention through urban planning and design may be increased. This paper aims to explore this relationship in a...

Author(s):   Aygün ErdoÄŸan  

Land use cover and environmental changes in a semi-arid rangeland, Southern Kenya

November 2010

  To understand the environmental changes within the Amboseli ecosystem, satellite image based analysis of land use cover changes and interviews with landowners were conducted. Satellite imageries for 1976 - 2007 were analyzed for change in land use cover. Interviews focused on the changes and trends in range condition, their causes and consequences. Wetlands used for dry season grazing by for both wildlife and...

Author(s):   John Kioko and Moses M. Okello  

Upper basin systems: Issues and implications for sustainable development planning in Malaysia

November 2010

  The continuing demand for environmental resources in Malaysia in the next few decades of this century suggests the need for formulating, planning and the implementation of river basin development plans or programmes which is going to be even more complex in the future than it has been in the past. Complex socio-economic-ecological systems interact within the river basins and are affected by social, political...

Author(s):   Khairulmaini Osman Salleh and Fauza Ab Ghaffar  

Urban sustainability in the context of Lagos mega-city

October 2010

  This paper contributes to the pertinent discourse on mega-cities and urban sustainability, using Lagos mega-city as case-study. It is derived from the growing need to appreciate the wider implications of the mega-city phenomenon as a unique feature of contemporary urban change in the developing countries. This need is imperative in the context of Lagos, which has come into fresh limelight through recent...

Author(s):   Adetokunbo Oluwole Ilesanmi  

Problems and prospects of primary education in Mathura district: A geographical analysis

October 2010

  Distribution and availability of primary education act as a vital factor in regional as well as human resource development. The present paper aims at assessing spatial problems of primary education among the blocks of Mathura district. This study was based on secondary sources of data. A total of eighteen selected variables were grouped into the three categories of primary educational attainment, primary...

Author(s):   Kapil Kaushik  

Investigation of heavy metals in crystalline aquifer groundwater from different valleys of Bangalore, Karnataka

October 2010

  Fifty-one groundwater samples were collected during South-west monsoon 2009 from Challaghatta, Vrishabhavathi, Kormangala and Hebbal valleys, Bangalore, which is an unconfined/crystalline aquifer to investigate Fe, Mn, Cu, Zn, Pb, Cd, Cr, Ni concentrations and other parameters like temperature, pH, electric conductivity (EC) and total dissolved solid (TDS). The TDS and EC variation confirmed light-salty...

Author(s):   M. Jiban Singh, R. K. Somashekar, K. L. Prakash and K. Shivanna  

Challenges facing land tenure system in relation to pastoral livelihood security in Gedarif State, Eastern Sudan

September 2010

  Land in rural communities is not just a means of livelihood but also a source of wealth, tribal identity, social peace, and also source of conflicts. This paper addresses the issue of pastoral land tenure in relation to their livelihood security in Sudan. The overall objective is to trace the changes in land tenure system and its implications on pastoral communities in Gedarif state, eastern Sudan. In...

Author(s):   Yasin Abdalla Eltayeb Elhadary  

A spatial decision support system approach to sustainable physical development planning

September 2010

  To make MDGs a reality, especially as it affects the built environment, and to conform with the UN Agenda 21 and Habitat Agenda summed up in the concept of urban physical sustainability, there is a need to rapidly improve the quality of decisions on land use, conversion and urban renewal in developing countries, especially with regards to physical developments. The potential of SDSS in determining optimum...

Author(s):   Baloye, D. O., Adesina, F. A. and Kufoniyi O.  

Options for adapting to climate change in livestock-dominated farming systems in the greater horn of Africa

September 2010

  The greater horn of Africa is one of the least developed regions in Africa. Livestock are an important economic resource and an essential asset for poor farmers in this region. Climate variability, population growth, low economic development, limited market integration, and low fertilizer use, amongst others put serious pressure on livestock production. The sustainability of the livestock production in the...

Author(s):   An Notenbaert, Andrew Mude, Jeannette van de Steeg and James Kinyangi  

Ethnic/caste diversification in Kathmandu metropolitan: Changing social landscape of a capital city

August 2010

  Kathmandu metropolitan, the capital city of Nepal is a socio-geographic microcosm of the nation as a whole and demonstrates caste/ethnic mosaic. Known historically as a Newar settlement, Kathmandu accommodates at least 67 caste/ethnic groups. It has witnessed nearly six-fold increase in population within the last 40 years. Utilizing the population census 2001, this paper examines the population dynamics from...

Author(s):   Bhim Prasad Subedi  

Geotechnical investigation of land in the municipality of Descalvado (SP, Brazil) for selection of suitable areas for residuary water treatment lagoons

August 2010

  Selecting suitable areas for the location of effluent treatment lagoons requires detailed analysis procedures of various attributes of the physical environment, in order to avoid environmental degradation, hence protecting it against the possible impacts that may result from the implementation of such lagoons. To indicate potentially suitable areas for the location of residuary water stabilization lagoons, a...

Author(s):   Reinaldo Lorandi, Cássia de Ávila Ribeiro Junqueira, Lorraine Silva Lara, Gabriel Vendrúscolo Freitas, Sirleno Alves Pereira and Marco Antonio Albano Moreira  

Spatial analysis of municipal water supply in Abeokuta metropolis, South western Nigeria

July 2010

  The study examined the spatial dimension of public water supply in Abeokuta metropolis with the aim of providing effective planning, development and operation of water supply and distribution networks which is one of the most essential components of urban infrastructure. A number of factors ranging from population expansion to inadequate existing facilities are thought to be responsible for the frequent...

Author(s):   G. C. Ufoegbune, A. O. Eruola, J. A. Awomeso and O. A. Idowu  

Variability of soil properties related to vegetation cover in a tropical rainforest landscape

July 2010

  The variability of soil properties related to vegetation cover in Nnewi, a fast growing urban-industrial town, was studied to underscore the factors that predispose the soil to erosion menace. Twelve soil samples were purposively collected and analyzed to determine the soil properties. The results of soil properties analysis showed marked coefficient of variability ranging from low, moderate, high and very...

Author(s):   P. O. Phil-Eze  

Geomorphic and hazard vulnerability assessment of recent residential developments on landslide-prone terrain: The case of the Traverse Mountains, Utah, USA

June 2010

  Homeowners who live near or on steep slopes of the Traverse Mountains along the Wasatch front in southern Salt Lake City, Utah (USA) are at risk where development of “master-planned communities” has been permitted on known landslide deposits since 2001. Some of the largest landslides in the state of Utah are being modified as road construction and residential development progresses. This paper...

Author(s):   Kathleen Nicoll  

Regional evidence of climate change in Nigeria

June 2010

  Most available data on climate change are mainly global whereas the effects are more at regional levels. It is on this premise that this study investigated the regional evidences of climate change using Nigeria as a case study. Mean annual air temperature from 30 synoptic stations between 1901 and 2005 were collected from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Lagos and Meteorological Department in some...

Author(s):   Peter A. O. Odjugo  

Groundwater quality and its suitability for drinking and agricultural use in Ain Azel Plain, Algeria

June 2010

Hydrochemistry of groundwater in Ain Azel plain, Algeria was used to assess the quality of groundwater for determining its suitability for drinking and agricultural purposes. Interpretation of analytical data shows that Ca-Mg-HCO3 and Ca-Mg-Cl-SO4 are the dominant hydrochemical facies in the study area. Factor analysis generated three significant factors. Factor 1 includes EC, Ca++, Mg++, Na+ and Cl-, factor 2 has...

Author(s):   L. Belkhiri, A. Boudoukha and L. Mouni  

Transforming large villages into small towns and studying their role in rural development through Network Analysis Methodology: Rural district of Southern Behnam Arab (Javad Abad zone from the region of Varamin)

June 2010

  Within our developing world, urban concentration has caused so many problems in large cities of which dense population, immigration, lack of accommodation, unemployment and environmental destruction could be brought up as examples. Through using network analysis methodology in this research, the most efficient functions within this rural district as well as the interactions and links between the town of Javad...

Author(s):   Homeira Mahdibeigi, Masoud Mahdavi and A. Alihosseini  

Urban sprawl and water stress with respect to changing landscape: Study from Lucknow, India

May 2010

  Lucknow is the capital city of India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh. Urban growth currently is largely on par with other cities of similar size, and is anticipated to be slightly faster in the immediate future. The better economic prospect has lead to an increase in the urban population of the city during last few years. It has lead to large-scale urban sprawl and the inherent distinctiveness of...

Author(s):   Venkatesh Dutta, Ashutosh Singh and Nupoor Prasad      

Understanding urban sprawl in the Federal Capital City, Abuja: Towards sustainable urbanization in Nigeria

May 2010

  In response to the rapid urban sprawling due to the fast rate of urbanization, there is an increasing need for focused research with a view to develop remediation strategies and methodologies for the effective and sustainable environmental planning in Federal Capital City (FCC), Abuja. This paper specifically focuses on an integrated approach of Remote Sensing (RS) data, Geographical Information Systems (GIS)...

Author(s):   F. Ujoh , I. D. kwabe and O. O. Ifatimehin   Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria. Federal Character Commission, Abuja, Nigeria. Department of Geography and Planning, Kogi State University, Anyigba, Nigeria.   Corresponding author..  Tel: 

Understanding urban sprawl in the Federal Capital City, Abuja: Towards sustainable urbanization in Nigeria

May 2010

  In response to the rapid urban sprawling due to the fast rate of urbanization, there is an increasing need for focused research with a view to develop remediation strategies and methodologies for the effective and sustainable environmental planning in Federal Capital City (FCC), Abuja. This paper specifically focuses on an integrated approach of Remote Sensing (RS) data, Geographical Information Systems (GIS)...

Author(s): F. Ujoh , I. D. kwabe and O. O. Ifatimehin  

Accessibility of water services in Kisumu municipality, Kenya

May 2010

  One of the key challenges to the developing countries is increasing access to safe water supply to the rapidly growing urban population, consequently, billions of dollars have been invested in pursuit of the goal of “universal service” and yet the realization of that goal is still elusive. Based on cross sectional survey and purposive sampling of 367 households, this paper examines the level of...

Author(s):   George G. Wagah, George M. Onyango and Jacob K. Kibwage  

Drought severity and their effects on rural livelihoods in Laikipia district, Kenya

March 2010

Over 80% of Kenya land mass fall under arid and semi arid lands (ASAL), which are prone to frequent droughts. About one third of Kenya’s population lives in the ASAL and largely depends on rain-fed agriculture as their source of livelihoods. However, most of the agricultural activities are constrained by recurrent droughts. To analyse the effects of droughts on rural livelihoods, this study was carried out in the...

Author(s):   Julius Mburu Huho, Josephine K. W. Ngaira and Harun O. Ogindo  

Spatial and temporal analysis of recent climatological data in Tanzania

March 2010

  Recent climate variability over Tanzania is evaluated through the analysis of spatial and temporal distributions of meteorological variables including rainfall, relative humidity (RH), maximum temperature (Tmax) and minimum temperature (Tmin) in an annual and seasonal time scale for 30 years (1971 - 2000) at 45 meteorological stations for rainfall and 27 stations for Tmax, Tmin and RH. Statistical parameters...

Author(s):   Ladislaus B. Chang’a, Pius Z. Yanda and James Ngana  

The correlates of public housing satisfaction in Lagos, Nigeria

February 2010

  This study examined the correlates of public housing satisfaction in Lagos, Nigeria, specifically to identify relevant factors which are external to the dwelling but combine with those of the dwelling to provide satisfactory housing in Nigeria. For this purpose, the study employed a conceptual model which identified three housing components consisting of the environment, dwelling and management subsystems....

Author(s): Adesoji David Jiboye

Impact of freight flows on city logistics in a mega-city of a developing economy

February 2010

  The demand for freight transport is an inevitable issue within the context of socio-economic and political relationship of the society. For instance, it enhances city logistics relatively to land use, traffic and delivery characteristics. Of all these salient issues, traffic is considered the most important because it subsumes congestions, especially along major corridors of the city. Similarly,...

Author(s): Adebambo Olayinka Somuyiwa

Galveston Futures: Developing a disaster resilient community

January 2010

  Galveston Futures is a cooperative venture, involving residents, architectural experts, urban planners and elected leaders, that strives to envision a resilient, sustainable and unified community on Galveston Island by encouraging civic participation in municipal planning. For Galveston's survival, it is essential to tie livability and resilience, especially to coastal disasters, into the concept of...

Author(s): Tanveerul Islam, William Merrell and William Seitz

Evaluation of eco-environmental vulnerability in Efon- Alaye using remote sensing and GIS techniques

January 2010

  This study evaluates the environmental vulnerability of Efon-Alaye located in Ekiti State, Nigeria, which is a typical mountainous region with steep slope and an upland ecosystem. An Integrated Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System approach was used to analyse the environmental vulnerability of the region. Satellite data of the study area for two periods 1986 and 2002 were used for the...

Author(s): C. Enete Ifeanyi, E. N. Adoh and M. O. Alabi

Beach width analyses in beach erosion hazard assessment and management at Bamburi beach, Mombasa, Kenya

December 2009

  Beach erosion was identified as one of the major coastal problems at Bamburi beach shoreline causing destruction on expensive shoreline developments which threatened the economic and social welfare of the beach-dependent coastal communities. Beach erosion was manifested in beach morphology changes and this study adopted beach profile width change rate as a tool in assessing beach erosion vulnerability and...

Author(s): A. M. Mwakumanya, T. M. Munyao and E. K. Ucakuwun

Studying the effects of urban sprawl of metropolis on tourism - climate index oscillation: A case study of Tehran city

December 2009

  The present research intends to identify the effects of urban sprawl of metropolis on tourism-climate index oscillation. To do this research, two types of data have been used. The first type includes climate data such as minimum monthly temperature average, monthly temperature average, minimum relative humidity rate and monthly relative humidity average, average of wind speed, duration of sunshine and monthly...

Author(s): Gholamreza Roshan, Iman Rousta and Mehdi Ramesh

Land use changes and forest reserve management in a changing environment: South-western Nigeria experience

November 2009

  This paper investigates how human activities have influenced and altered land cover. It also indicates that the nature of cultural substitution of the indigenous forest species have significance for the functioning of the earth system. It therefore attempts to quantify the ecological implication of land cover change consequent upon land use. The paper integrated a topographical map of 1969 and satellite...

Author(s): O. O. I. Orimoogunje, O. Ekanade and F. A. Adesina

Studying the effective factors which affect on economical growth

November 2009

Investigating the effective factors which affect economic growth is important for most economists. Although lots of studies have been done on economic growth in the world, it gets little attentions in Iran. In this article, by estimating growth regression, we try to investigate the supply side economic growth of Iran. This study identifies the rate of enjoyment of each province concerning possibilities, facilities, and...

Author(s): Mirnaser Mirbagheri and Namiq Tagiev

Cities, theories and reality

October 2009

  How can productive cities be created in the face of economic, social, political and environmental mishaps in planning, management and development process? How can cities become more enjoyable, functional and innovative using city management and development theories? Theoretically the paper examines the importance of cities and impact of urbanization and globalization towards competitiveness of cities. The...

Author(s): B. O. Odufuwa, J. Fransen, A. Bongwa and A. Gianoli

The acidifying gases emission in CaraÅŸ - Severin county, Romania, in the period of 1997-2006

October 2009

The harmful effects of air pollutants on human, animal and vegetation are the major reason for efforts to control their sources. During the last decades, research on acidic deposition and analysis of observational data were followed by scientific understanding of the relationships between emissions of precursor gases and deposition of acids or acid-forming substances. CaraÅŸ-Severin County holds many non-renewable...

Author(s): Albulescu Mariana, Turuga Livia and Chiriac Adrian

Integrated method to extract information from high and very high resolution RS images for urban planning

October 2009

  The aim of this research is to propose an integrated methodology for the extraction of information from high and very high resolution satellite images and also to demonstrate how the extracted information can be used for urban area studies. For the information extraction, three different approaches such as interpretation, automatic and artificial intelligence methods are used. As the...

Author(s): D. Amarsaikhan, M. Ganzorig, H. H. Blotevogel, B. Nergui and R. Gantuya

Finding the growth rate during formation of South American community of Nations

October 2009

This article considers computation technique of the growth rate during formation of South American Community of Nations. Found values of growth are compared with the ones previously computed for Mexico and Canada under the formation of NAFTA in 1994, and much higher to the ones observed under formation of the EurAzEC in 2000 and the 2004 EU expansion. The method of computing the rate of growth in cases of economic...

Author(s): R. T. Dalimov and А. Т. Umarov

Is cheap oil a poisoned chalice?

October 2009

The collapse of oil prices by 76% from July 2008 to January 2009 has brought apparent economic relief to both many developed and developing countries around the world. However, this precipitous collapse in price has stalled investment in the oil industry – many maintenance or development projects have been shelved or cancelled completely. So the decline in oil supplies will be even faster...

Author(s): James Leigh

The role and function of small towns in rural development using network analysis method case: Roniz rural district (Estahban city, province Fars, Iran)

September 2009

Problems resulted from the development of the large cities, population density and also immigration of rustics to these cities made planners to pay more attention to reinforcement and development of small towns. It is believed that by strengthening small towns we can change the way of immigration of rustics to larger cities and solve many problems of rural regions resulted from the lack of proper access of rustics to...

Author(s): Mohammad Reza Rezvani, Ali Shakoor, Saeed Reza Akbarian Ronizi and Gholamreza Roshan

Study of spatial and temporal distribution of frost and sliding in Iranُ s mountain roads using climatic conditions matrix (Case Study; Karaj – Chalous Road)

September 2009

Frost and sliding in Iran’s mountain roads cause dangerous conditions for road transportation. In this study, two goals are followed: Firstly, description of a method for a determining the likely occurrence of the critical condition of frost and sliding using the climatic conditions matrix along the Karaj- Chalous road (which is full of – traffic and mountains roads of Iran, connecting the Northern...

Author(s): Reza Borna, Hossein Mohammadi and Gholamreza Roshan

Arsenicosis in rural areas of Bangladesh: Socio-demographic correlation

September 2009

The aim of this study is to identify the impacts of socio-demographic variables on arsenicosis affected rural areas in Chapainawbabganj district, Bangladesh. For this, a total number of 200 respondents have been interviewed through a structured questionnaire by purposive sampling technique. In this study, logistic regression model is used to identify the risk factors on arsenicosis. In this analysis, it is indicated...

Author(s): Mosharaf Hossain and Rafiqul Islam

Accuracy and cost comparison of spatial data-acquisition methods for the development of geographical information systems

September 2009

One of the main components of a Geographic Information System (GIS) is the formation of the database. More than 70% of the time and cost is spent on developing this database. The success of a GIS project depends on the accuracy and currentness of the obtained spatial data required for development of the GIS project. This study presents analyses of the accuracy and costs of several methods of obtaining spatial data for a...

Author(s): Ömer Mutluoglu and Ayhan Ceylan

Housing stress and urban renewal imperatives in Diobu, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

August 2009

  Using a 5% probability sample of 1,118 households (hence dwelling units) drawn from 3,816 residential buildings, this study profiled the residential housing stock in Diobu, a run-down part of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Information was obtained primarily through direct observation and administration of a largely pre-coded questionnaire, administered face-to-face by trained interviewers. Data transformation...

Author(s): Victor C. Obinna, Opuene B. Owei, Precious Ede, Akin Ojumoro

Irrigation agriculture: An option for achieving the millennium development goals in Nigeria

July 2009

  This paper reports the prospect of irrigation agriculture in transforming the dream of attaining the Millennium Development Goals to reality in Nigeria. Efforts of government at revitalizing agriculture before and after 2000 were highlighted. It identifies the poor attitude of Nigerian government towards productive agricultural system and the continuous importation of consumer goods that could otherwise be...

Author(s):   E. O. Oriola  

Analysis of rainfall distribution over Enugu during the little dry season (1990-2005)

July 2009

Rainfall is highly variable in both time and space, particularly in sub-humid tropical regions like West-Africa. This paper examines the variations in rainfall distributions over Enugu metropolis during the “little dry season” from 1990-2005 for the months of June, July, August and September. Statistical techniques like Time Series charts with Trend line analysis and standard deviation were used to depict...

Author(s): Enete Ifeanyi Christian and Ebenebe Izuchukwu, N.

Rural water utilization: Factors affecting aquaculture in Owo local government area of Ondo State, Nigeria

July 2009

  The study was on factors affecting aquaculture in Owo local government area of Ondo state, Nigeria. Despite the challenges being faced by the rural people of the study area in accessing water for various uses, they still had a very good utilization of the available water for aquaculture. However, several factors of which the major ones were number of ponds owned, size of farm, years of aquaculture experience...

Author(s): Abbas, Idowu Innocent and J. A. Ukoje

Rural policy and multifunctionality in eligible areas under objective 1: Points of convergence?

June 2009

  The expression multifunctionality has synthesized the interest shown in themes such as food safety, production and sustainability. In the International literature, the concept of multifunctionality does not have had an unequivocal meaning. In the European Union documents, the acknowledging of multifunctionality has been assimilated with the “European Agricultural Model”. In the course of the...

Author(s): Vincenzo Giaccio and Luigi Mastronardi

The study of urban growth impact in tourism area using remote sensing and GIS technique for north part of the UAE

June 2009

  Due to the complex nature of tourism resources of the Northern part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the potential of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) in resolving these issues was used. The study was an attempt to use existing GIS data layers to identify sensitive natural environment and archaeological heritage resources that may be threatened by increased urban growth and...

Author(s): Mohamed R. Bualhamam

Infrastructural distribution of healthcare services in Nigeria: An overview

May 2009

  Discussions of health-care infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa in general and in Nigeria in particular have recognized the existence of different types and practices. This paper examines the biomedical or western orthodox healthcare with its expansive bureaucratic ethos within the context of hospital structures in Nigeria. The study observed that from the colonial period, the distribution of medical care...

Author(s):   Isreal A. Ademiluyi and Sunday O. Aluko-Arowolo  

Emerging cities and sustainable global environmental management: Livelihood implications in the OIC countries

May 2009

  It is a fact that the majority of the world’s settlements are burgeoning into cities; especially at the turn of the 21st century, an era witnessing the emergence of new economies. Undoubtedly, cities play a pivotal role in the socio-economic, cultural and scientific development of all nations as chunk of global human development activities is planned and executed in the cities. In the same vein,...

Author(s): Abdulai Abdul-Mumin and Chamhuri Siwar

Mapping as a complement of statistical/graphical approach to climate data analysis: Example from rainfall variability over the western Nigeria

May 2009

  The challenge of insufficient network of meteorological data collection centre has been an age old problem in Africa. It is therefore necessary to encourage a technique that will ensure that data are generated for areas without them. This study is in this regard. 20 years rainfall data were collected from 5 stations in the Western region of Nigeria and analyses were carried out to detect the monthly...

Author(s): A. O. Eludoyin, O. M. Akinbode, M. A. Oyinloye, A. Fadejin

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