Land capability classification for planning land uses in the Geleda watershed, Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia

Land capability classification for planning land uses in the Geleda watershed, Blue Nile Basin,... This study was carried out to undertake land capability classification (LCC) for planning land uses in the Geleda watershed of the Blue Nile basin in Ethiopia. Such type of study benefit the environment, increase agricultural productivity and improve the livelihoods of the people. Slope, soil texture, soil depth, drainage, stoniness and extent of erosion factors were considered in developing LCC. The result indicates that six capability classes (I–VI) are present in the study watershed. Capability classes ranging from I to IV (91.5%) are suitable for agriculture while class V and VI (8.5%) are none arable lands. Though cultivation is highly recommended in classes between I and IV, the extension of cultivated land in class V and VI in some areas of the study watershed was observed. On the other hand, forest, shrub land, grassland and built-up areas are found from Class I to Class IV, which are computing the space for cultivation. In general, use of the land as of its capability is lacking in many areas of the watershed study. Hence, new land use prioritization based on the capability of the land in those areas is very important. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modeling Earth Systems and Environment Springer Journals

Land capability classification for planning land uses in the Geleda watershed, Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Earth Sciences; Earth System Sciences; Math. Appl. in Environmental Science; Statistics for Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry and Earth Sciences; Mathematical Applications in the Physical Sciences; Ecosystems; Environment, general
ISSN
2363-6203
eISSN
2363-6211
D.O.I.
10.1007/s40808-018-0448-7
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Abstract

This study was carried out to undertake land capability classification (LCC) for planning land uses in the Geleda watershed of the Blue Nile basin in Ethiopia. Such type of study benefit the environment, increase agricultural productivity and improve the livelihoods of the people. Slope, soil texture, soil depth, drainage, stoniness and extent of erosion factors were considered in developing LCC. The result indicates that six capability classes (I–VI) are present in the study watershed. Capability classes ranging from I to IV (91.5%) are suitable for agriculture while class V and VI (8.5%) are none arable lands. Though cultivation is highly recommended in classes between I and IV, the extension of cultivated land in class V and VI in some areas of the study watershed was observed. On the other hand, forest, shrub land, grassland and built-up areas are found from Class I to Class IV, which are computing the space for cultivation. In general, use of the land as of its capability is lacking in many areas of the watershed study. Hence, new land use prioritization based on the capability of the land in those areas is very important.

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Modeling Earth Systems and EnvironmentSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 29, 2018

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