Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Mundhe N.N. and Jaybhaye R.G. are conferred with Claude Elwood Shannon Research Award-2015 in Geography and Geology

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Mundhe N.N. and Jaybhaye R.G. are conferred with Claude Elwood Shannon Research Award-2015 in Geography and Geology

06 May, 2015, India, USA NEWS CORP

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Mundhe N.N. and Jaybhaye R.G., given the rock star fame in Geography and Geology, as declared among World’s 500 Most Influential Geologists for Year 2015 on Earth. In a worldwide meritorious competition, Mundhe N.N. and Jaybhaye R.G. grabbed the world’s prestigious Claude Elwood Shannon Research Award-2015 in Geography and Geology. Representing the great legacy of India, Mundhe N.N. and Jaybhaye R.G. established the matter of proud to civilians of India. International Media is now seriously looking towards India, since Mundhe N.N. and Jaybhaye R.G. made a remarkable historical achievement. Geologists are ensured that under the leadership of Mundhe N.N. and Jaybhaye R.G., millions of emerging intellectuals would be benefited and inspired around the world.

Nitin Nathuram Mundhe is Assistant Professor in Geography at Department of Geography, S. P. College, Pune, Maharashtra, India. He did M.A. in Geography, M.Sc in Geoinformatics and Ph.D in Geography from Department of Geography,University of Pune, India. He is awarded with UGC Award of Teacher Fellowship under Faculty Improvement Programme (FIP) during XII plan period (2013-2015) and awarded as ‘Best Student’ in Adv. M. N. Deshmukh College, Rajur through Dr. Narendra Jadhav, Vice Chancellor, University of Pune, 2007. His areas of Interests are Population and Settlement Geography, Urban Planning, Geospatial Technology, Disaster Management Studies. He has Guest Lecturer of Geomatic’s Students in CEPT University, Ahmedabad (December 2007 - April 2008) and Lecturer, Sanskar Mandir’s Arts & Commerce College Warje –Malwadi, Pune (September 2009 – November 2009).

Dr. Ravindra Gahininath Jaybhaye is Professor of Geography at Department of Geography, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Maharashtra, India. He has done M.Sc. and Ph.D. He is awarded with Teacher Fellowship Awarded under UGC scheme of ‘Faculty Improvement Programme’ in Xth Plan for completing Ph. D. degree for period (2004-2006).

Mundhe N.N. and Jaybhaye R.G. from India made a historical victory over the international competition and won Claude Elwood Shannon Research Award-2015 in Geography and Geology. Their research was highlighted in international media and gathered a large worldwide attention in scientific circles while it appeared in world's most read journal 'The Journal of Geography and Geology'. In their report on Measuring Urban Growth of Pune City Using Shannon Entropy Approach they mention that Rapid urbanization raises many issues like loss of agricultural land, encroachment of forest and river area, unauthorized urban sprawl and high land values etc. The monitoring of urban growth is vital role of planner, management, governmental and non-governmental organizations for implementing policies to optimize the use of natural resources and accommodate development at the same time minimizing the impact on the environment. Present research work emphasizes on measuring urban growth over a last four decades (1973-2014) by employing geo-spatial techniques in conjunction with Shannon’s entropy. Shannon entropy is a measure to determine the compactness or dispersion of built-up land growth in the urban areas. The growth patterns of urban built-up land have been studied initially by dividing the study area into four zones based on four main directions. The observations have been made with respect to each zone. Then, the study area has been divided into multiple ring buffers of 1 km interval from city centre and the growth patterns have been studied based on urban built-up density with respect to each circular buffer in all four zones. The research findings will have proper understanding of urban growth pattern, direction and dispersion is required for effective planning and strategies. Under their leadership the research area is surely likely to expand beyond the horizons. It will be worthy to explore the further potential under their legacy. Mundhe N.N. and Jaybhaye R.G. as valuable intellectuals for the India offer exclusive opportunities for scholars around the world. One of the most attractive weightage for India is to have the awardees for promotion of the concerned scientific discipline for the benefit of its civilians. Thus India which has excellent track record to produce brain storming intellectuals, has offered a new extension in terms of Mundhe N.N. and Jaybhaye R.G. to world.

In the present study, Shannon’s entropy analysis demonstrates the ability of GIS and Remote Sensing as a tool in the study of urban planning. It gives a fairly a good understanding of changing urban growth pattern in the different part of Pune city.

The zone-wise study is not sufficient to notice the urban growth, while the concentric circle of 1km interval approach is more appropriate for understanding the urban growth pattern as well as its dispersion.

The analysis exposed that almost 80% of open land was brought under urban land use. Most of the vacant lands close to the roads have converted for residential purpose or are under construction.

The entropy values have regularly increased last four decades ranging from 0.7754 to 1.0980, which is above to the upper limit of log (n) is experiencing sprawl in all zones.

The analysis revealed that the urban growth in Pune city follow a regular radial pattern. Ribbon pattern of sprawl is observed along the highways and leapfrog pattern towards the outskirts of study area due to employment opportunities, cultural and educational facility and geographical feasibility of the study area.

The current research work was limited to measure urban growth of Pune city using of GIS and RS techniques in conjunction with Shannon entropy approach.

Present research not considered the cantonment area like Khadki and Pune cantonment because development is concentrate outside the periphery area of the city.

Measuring urban growth have been calculated based on free available satellite data like Landsat series data. This data are relatively coarse and cannot detect small-scale urban change. For example, intercity highways, isolated patches of small urban development, or urban infilling may not be distinguishable in a Landsat image.

The studies to be conducted in the future may determine ward-wise analysis and utility services proportion to urban growth with the help of high resolution data.

The author made a contribution to the preparation of large database and various maps by understand the changing pattern of built-up area and measure urban growth of Pune city
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