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: 390

Full Length Research Paper

Spatio-temporal changes in land uses and land cover due to human interference in Meghalaya, India: A case study of Wah Shella microwatershed

K. Sarmah*, L. K. Jha and B. K. Tiwari  
Department of Environmental Studies, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 03 March 2011
  •  Published: 30 June 2011



Impact of human interference on the degradation of natural forests in the last three decades in Wah Shella microwatershed in Meghalaya (India), a hilly state of North-Eastern India has been reported. Remote Sensing and GIS data were applied to highlight spatial and temporal changes in land use and land cover. The present study is an excellent example of human induced land use changes and later the measures for ecorestoration were suggested.


Key words: Human interference, forest degradation, spatio-temporal changes in land uses and land cover, Wah Shella microwatershed, Meghalaya, ecorestoration.