Seth Appiah-Opoku

University of Alabama

Dr. Seth Appiah-Opoku is a Professor of Geography at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA. He teaches World Regional Geography, Regional Geography of Africa, Environmental Management, Land Use Regulation, Principles of Planning, Regional Planning and Analysis, and also the Ghana Summer Abroad course. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the editor of three books - The Need for Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Impact Assessment: The Case of Ghana (Edwin Mellen Press, NY, June 2005), Environmental Land Use Planning (IntechOpen, 2012), and International Development (IntechOpen, 2017). His research focuses on international development, urban planning, ecotourism, environmental impact assessment, and resource development. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Environmental Impact Assessment Review and the Environment and Social Psychology Journal. He also served as the editor of the Journal of African Geographical Review from 2016 to 2018. He has published scholarly articles in several renowned journals including Environmental Management, Society and Natural Resources, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Journal of Cultural Geography, and Plan Canada. He served on the Technical Advisory Team that advised the government of Ghana on the preparation of a 40-year development plan for the country.

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Latest work with IntechOpen by Seth Appiah-Opoku

This book discusses aspects of land use change and sustainability in ways that may generate further research ideas. It brings together discussions from leading researchers and scholars in the field of land use change and sustainability from five different countries including the USA, Ethiopia, Guyana, Taiwan, and Indonesia. Based on empirical research and case studies, the book is divided into two sections. The first section is subdivided into four chapters and discusses land use sustainability in the Northern Great Plains of the USA; effects of rural land use and tenure on sustainable management of mangroves in Corentyne, Guyana; the property formation process in peri-urban areas of Ethiopia; and the effects of green energy production on farmlands in the Yulin County of Taiwan. The second section of the book is subdivided into two chapters and discusses cases pertaining to land use mapping and sustainability including land cover/land use mapping using soft computing techniques with optimized features; and applying systems analysis to evaluate Jelutung as option for sustainable use of peat lands in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The book is insightful, thought provoking, concise, and easy to understand. It could serve as an important reference material on land use change and sustainability.

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