Spatial Analysis of Active Dumpsites Distribution Pattern in Port Harcourt Metropolis, Rivers State, Nigeria

E. C. Alilonu

Institute of Natural Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

A. A. Obafemi *

Institute of Natural Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria and Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

O. S. Eludoyin

Institute of Natural Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria and Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

The study analysed the distribution patterns of active dumpsites in Port Harcourt Metropolis, Rivers state, Nigeria. The study made use of locational data obtained through the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) and the data were subjected to analysis in ArcGIS environment. Nearest neighbour analysis was used to determine the significant distribution pattern. Findings showed that twenty-three active dumpsites were found in the entire Port Harcourt Metropolis and the distribution pattern of these dumpsites were significantly dispersed (Z=4225.54; p=0.0000). It is concluded that active dumpsites in Port Harcourt Metropolis are scattered all over and it is recommended that proper guidelines must be followed before an area can be sited to become a dumpsite. Also, there should be consideration of the environmental attributes so that the proportion of the effect can be minimized, while periodic monitoring of established dumpsites is essential to reduce the illegal siting of dumpsites.

Keywords: Active dumpsites, distribution, pattern, ArcGIS, nearest neighbor


How to Cite

Alilonu, E. C., A. A. Obafemi, and O. S. Eludoyin. 2023. “Spatial Analysis of Active Dumpsites Distribution Pattern in Port Harcourt Metropolis, Rivers State, Nigeria”. Asian Journal of Environment & Ecology 20 (1):36-44. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajee/2023/v20i1431.

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