Spatio-Temporal Variability in Land Surface Temperature and Its Relationship with Vegetation Types over Ibadan, South-Western Nigeria


Ibadan has experienced a rapid urbanization over the past few decades due to heavy influx of people from different parts of the country as a result of improved economy of the region. This development induced a great change in land use and land cover over the region which has become a major environmental concern recently. This study assessed Land Surface Temperature (LST) and its spatio-temporal relationship with land cover type over Ibadan. Land use/Land cover dynamics were assessed using index maps generated from Landsat Satellite data (TM, ETM+ and OLI) of Ibadan. The corrected thermal Infrared bands of the Landsat data were used to retrieve LST. The results revealed a notable increase in built-up areas from 5.64% of the total land cover area in 1984 to 14.05% in 2014. This change has caused increase in surface temperature of Ibadan from 3.56?C to 8.54?C between 1984 and 2014 respectively. The study recorded a continuous decrease in the vegetal part of Ibadan (from 43.28% in 1984 to 14.76 in 2014) which could be attributed to anthropogenic activities as the vegetated land area lost was been converted to other form of land use. The change was found to be positively correlated to the surface temperature intensity over the region with correlation coefficient, r value of 0.9251, 0.8256 and 0.7017 in 1984, 2000 and 2014 respectively. It is recommended that Policies should be considered for planting trees, new guidelines for urban landscape design and construction.

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Fabeku, B. , Balogun, I. , Adegboyega, S. and Faleyimu, O. (2018) Spatio-Temporal Variability in Land Surface Temperature and Its Relationship with Vegetation Types over Ibadan, South-Western Nigeria. Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, 8, 318-336. doi: 10.4236/acs.2018.83021.

1. Introduction

Ibadan has experienced series of environmental change attributing to Urbanization, both in geographic extent as well as in demographic context which has transforms the landscape of the region from its natural vegetal cover types to increasingly impervious surface [1] . The outcome of this transformation provides a cycle of mutually reinforcing feedbacks on the climate (surface temperature increase) of the region [2] [3] [4] [5] . Continued growth in Ibadan population has resulted in drastic changes in land use/land cover pattern of the area over the past few decades [6] [7] [8] . This change enhances the incident radiation absorptivity, heat retention capacity and heat conductivity of the region [9] , which in-turns increase the radiating surface temperature of the area [10] . The alteration inevitably also resulted in the redistribution of incident radiation and induced the rural-urban surface radiance and temperature contrast.

A human induced change in the energy balance of urban environments steadily increases the intensity of land surface temperature (LST) which has a significant effect on observed ambient air temperature [11] . LST is one of the key parameters and an important factor in the study of urban climate [12] . It varies in response to the surface energy balance, modulates the ambient air temperature, central to the energy balance of the earth surface and affects the energy exchanges that affect the comfort of the city dwellers [13] . LST is widely used for variety of environmental studies [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] and it plays an important role in measuring surface urban heat islands, estimation of building energy consumption and evaluating heat related risks [19] [20] [21] [22] . LST had been referred to as a transient and non-uniform parameter, correlating it with a stable environmental feature like terrain and land cover becomes highly imperatives [23] .

The main goal of this paper is to assess the land surface temperature and their spatio-temporal characteristic in relation to the land cover indices over the study area. The specific objectives are to examine the spatial-temporal change in the surface temperature over the study period, derive land surface temperature map reflecting the Urban Heat Island effect and investigate the relationship between the Land Surface Temperature (LST) and Land cover types over the study area.

2. Materials and Method

2.1. Study Area

Ibadan is the capital city of Oyo state, the third largest city in Nigeria by population (after Lagos and Kano) with spatial extent between 7˚19'30''N to 7˚27'30''N latitude and 3˚50'0''E to 3˚58'30''E longitude. Situated in south-western Nigeria, 78 miles inland from Lagos, and is a prominent transit point between the coastal region and the areas to the northern part of Nigeria with population of about 2,550,593 according to 2006 census results. Until 1970, Ibadan was the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa [24] and in 1952, Ibadan was estimated to cover total land area of approximately103.8 km2 [25] .

Ibadan landscape consists of hard rocks and dome shaped hills gently rise from about 500 meters in the southern part, reaching a height of about 1219 m above sea level in the northern part. Its climate is equatorial, notably with dry and wet seasons with relatively high humidity. The dry season lasts from November to March while the wet season starts from April and ends in October. Average daily temperature ranges between 25 degrees Celsius and 35 degrees Celsius, almost throughout the year. The map of the study area is shown in Figure 1.

2.2. Data Collection

Landsat images covering the whole of Ibadan Metropolis and its eleven local government area were acquired for three different years: 1984 (Thematic Mapper), 2000 (Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus+) and 2014 (Operational Land Imager and Thermal Infra-Red Sensor) from United State Geological Survey (USGS) online archives ( The local government boundary map and Nigerian Administrative map on the scale of 1:15,140,906 obtained from National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja (NASRDA) was also used. The details of the data used in this study were presented in Table 1.

2.3. Data Pre-Processing

All the Landsat datasets downloaded are cloud free and have been rectified to a common UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) projection and WGS 84 datum. Sub-setting was done in Erdas Imagine 9.3 to limit the images to the boundary of Ibadan using the Area of Interest (AOI) created from shapefile map of the study area. Each of the sub-setted thermal bands was later resampled using the nearest neighbour algorithm in ILWIS 3.3. The thermal bands (60 meters resolution) of the downloaded Landsat Images were resampled to match the pixel size of the other bands, thus preserving 30-meter resolution of the data.

Figure 1. Boundary map of the study area.

Table 1. Data acquired and source.

(Source: Field survey, 2016).

2.4. Data Analysis

A resampled thermal band images of Landsat 5 TM, 7 ETM+ and LC8 TIRS were used to retrieve the land surface temperature (LST) over Ibadan for the three different epochs (1984, 2000, and 2014) through the following steps:

1) Conversion of the Landsat thermal band digital numbers to at-sensor spectral radiance, Lλ (W∙m−2∙sr−1∙μm−1).

The spectral radiance (Lλ) for each band of was computed using the following equation [26] [27] :


for Landsat 5 TM and 7 ETM+

L λ = ( M × DN ) + B (2)

for Landsat 8, where, DN is each pixel digital number (obtained from each thermal band), LMAX and LMIN are calibration constants, QCALMAX and QCALMIN are the highest and lowest range of values for rescaled radiance in DN. The constants values are presented on Table 2. M and B refer to the radiance multiplier and add values given in the header file as stipulated in Table 3.

2) Computation of the effective at-satellite brightness temperature (TB) in degree Kelvin.

The spectral radiance Lλ of each thermal band for the three different epochs to at-satellite brightness temperature TB conversion under the assumption of uniform emissivity was done using the following formula [26] :

T B = K 2 ln ( K 1 L λ + 1 ) (3)

where; TB is effective at-satellite temperature in degree Kelvin, Lλ is the spectral

Table 2. ETM+ and TM thermal band calibration constants.

(Source: [26] ).

Table 3. The Metadata of Landsat 8-TIR.

Source: [28] [29] ; where K2 and K1 are pre-launch calibration constants of Landsat Sensor Used.

radiance in W/m2/sr/μm, K2 and K1 are pre-launch calibration constants, the value for this constant are presented in Table 2 and Table 3.

3) Estimation of land surface emissivity.

The temperature values obtained above using Equation (3) are referenced to a blackbody. There is need for spectral emissivity (ε) corrections in respect to the nature of land cover type. The emissivity of a heterogeneous surface was computed using Equations [30] :

ε = ε v λ × f v + ε s λ × ( 1 f v ) + C λ (4)

f v = [ NDVI NDVI s NDVI v NVDI s ] 2 (5)


C λ = ( 1 ε s λ ) × ε v λ × F × ( 1 f v ) (7)

where; ε s and ε v are the emissivity (ε) of soil pixels and full vegetation pixels with the mean value of 0.97 and 0.99 respectively [30] , f v is the proportion of vegetation in each pixel which was estimated using Equation (5) [30] , NDVI is the Normalized Differential Index and it was calculated using algorithm (Equation (6)) developed by [31] . NIR and R are the reflectance in the near-infrared (band 4) and red (band 3) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum respectively. NDVIs and NDVIv is Normalized Difference Vegetation Index Thresholds value for soil pixels ( NDVI s = 0.2 ), and pixels of full vegetation ( NDVI v = 0.5 ) respectively [32] [33] . C λ is the cavity effect which is due to surface roughness, computed using Equation (7) and geometrical (shape) factor F’, with the mean value of 0.55 [32] .

4) Calculation of final temperature at the surface or on the ground (LST) in degree Celsius.

Finally, the land surface temperature (Stemp) in degrees Celsius was computed as follows [34] :

S t e m p = T B 1 + ( λ × T B / ρ ) × ln ε 273.15 (8)

where; TB is effective at-satellite temperature in degree Kelvin as computed in Equation (3), λ = wavelength of emitted radiance (for which the peak response and the average of the limiting wavelengths (λ = 11.45 μm) [35] was used, ρ = h × c / σ (1.438 × 10−2 m∙K), σ = Boltzmann constant (1.38 × 10−23 J/K), h = Planck’s constant (6.626 × 10−34 J∙s), and c = velocity of light (2.998 × 108 m/s). ε is the emissivity of a mixed pixels as estimated using Equation (4).

For each of the studied years (that is, 1984, 2000 and 2014), an emissivity-corrected land surface temperature (LST) maps in degree Celsius were retrieved from Resampled-Landsat thermal bandimages (Figure 2(a)). The LST maps produced shows the spatio-temporal variability and distribution of the land surface temperature over the study.

2.5. Land Surface Temperature/Land Cover Type Relationship (Correlation Analysis)

− LST versus Normalized Differential Vegetation Index (NDVI).

− LST versus Built-Up Index (BUI).

To investigate the Land Surface Temperature-Land Cover type relationship (both sample maps were resampled to a common spatial resolution, 30 m) and how it varies over the study area for the period considered, the land cover types were classified intotwo distinct parts; the built-up area and the vegetal part. In respect of this classification, two land cover indices (LC); Built-Up Area Index (BUI) and Normalised Differential Vegetation Index (NDVI) maps were generated using ILWIS 3.5 from Landsat imagery (Figure 3(a) and Figure 3(b)). Both LST and LC index maps (that is, NDVI and BUI) were gridded at a regular interval (5 km), 46 squares, were randomly selected. The mean value of the data extrapolated from each of this square. LST values were plotted against each the corresponding NDVI, BUI values using Microsoft Excel and a regression graph was obtained for each of the years (1984, 2000 and 2014) considered in this study.

The mean values of the extracted LST data were compared to that of NDVI and BUI respectively in each repression relation through correlation coefficients, r [36] and coefficient of determinant, r2 [37] .

r = i = 1 n ( X i , NDVI/BUI X ¯ NDVI/BUI ) ( Y i , LST Y ¯ LST ) { [ i = 1 n ( X i , NDVI/BUI X ¯ NDVI/BUI ) 2 ] [ ( Y i , LST Y ¯ LST ) 2 ] } (9)


Figure 2. (a) Land Surface Temperature (in degree Celsius) for; (i) 1984, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2014; (b) The variation trend curve of the land Surface temperature from 1984 to 2014.


Figure 3. (a) Built-Up Index map for; (i) 1984, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2014; (b) Normalized Differential Vegetation Index map for; (i) 1984, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2014.

r 2 = 1 i = 1 n ( X NDVI/BUI Y LST ) 2 i = 1 n ( X NDVI/BUI X ¯ NDVI/BUI ) 2 (10)

where, X i , NDVI/BUI and X ¯ NDVI/BUI are NDVI/BUI values (independent variable) extracted from each pixel within a particular square and the mean value of same variable for each square respectively. Y i , LST and Y ¯ LST are LST values (dependent variable) extracted from each corresponding pixel within a particular square and the mean value of same variable for each square respectively.

2.6. Generation of Land Cover Type Index Map Using NDVI and BUI Algorithm

The most commonly used index for monitoring vegetation distribution is Normalised Differential Vegetation Index (NDVI) [38] as computed using Equation (6). Another applied indicator of development and vegetation distribution, Built-Up Index (BUI) was computed using the following equation [39] :



where, NDBI is Normalised Differential Built-Up Index (NDBI), useful for monitoring the distribution of urban areas [40] . SWIR and NIR is the reflectance in the short wave infrared band (band 5 for TM and ETM+, band 6 for LC8 OLI) and reflectance in the near-infrared band of electromagnetic spectrum respectively. The Built-Up Index map distinguished between non-urban and urban areas based on their index values. Urban areas are associated with high BUI values while non-urban areas have low BUI values.

Script was writing for all the formulas used in the methodology and run perfectly using Script Editor in ILWIS 3.5 and the selected outputs for this study were LST maps, NDVI map and BUI map for each of the years; 1984, 2000 and 2014 as presented under results.

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Spatio-Temporal Variability and Distribution of the Land Surface Temperature (LST)

The spatial distribution pattern of the surface temperature over Ibadan was presented in Figure 2(a) while Figure 2(b) depicts the trend of the variability across the study area (both in meriodinal and zonal direction). It could be clearly noted from these Figures that the highest temperature value 28.00˚C and above was noted at the core centre of the city (Ibadan) in 1984 while the surrounding areas were attributed to lower temperature values (<19˚C). In the year 2000, the area associated with high temperature was no longer restricted to the core centre of the city (Ibadan) but has spread-out to the other part of the study area where there has been a rapid development. A vast area of protruding north-western part of the study area (Ibadan) was seen to have gained more thermal property compared to its previous status in 1984 which was as a result of transformation of the area which used to be a forest into arable land. The situation seems to be getting worse as it was observed from Figure 2(a-iii) that more area is been afflicted by high surface temperature and not only that, the temperature value is also getting intense.

Comparison study demonstrated between the Land use/Land cover Index map (Built-Up Index map and Normalised vegetation differential index map) and Land Surface Temperature map revealed that the vegetal part of the study area are directly linked to area of lower temperature values while the area associated with high temperature values are built-up area, areas of human activities like construction, cultivation, mining, logging, burning etc. and impervious surfaces. This result was in conformity with other studies [41] [42] which has proven that surface temperature will always be lesser over the vegetation compare to bare or exposed soil, because the canopy intercepts the incoming solar radiation (short wave), reflect little and absorbs substantial amount which is converted to chemical energy that aids photosynthesis with the help of chlorophyll and loses it excess energy to the process of evapotranspiration [43] . So, less incoming radiation actually get to the surface and little will be emitted back to the atmosphere. But bare surface has nothing to intercept the incoming shortwave radiation, so it absorb more incoming energy and emits more to the surrounding in form of long wave thereby increase the temperature value of the near surface air.

Also most of the building materials used in Ibadan not only within the city but the suburbs has varying capacity of physical surface properties (albedo, thermal capacity, and heat conductivity) that acts as a major contributing factor to the environment temperature increase. Commonly used in Ibadan for roofing is the galvanized iron sheet, which used to be a shining surface material that reflect more of the incoming radiation, transforms over the years due to rusting and this had in turn change their physical properties and caused them to absorb more of radiation than reflecting. This scenario will cause more emission of long wave and thereby contribute more to the surface temperature.

The spatio-temporal land surface temperature difference as portrayed by Figure 2 over the three epochs (1984, 2000 and 2014) considered in this study were summarized in Table 4. The table depicts that between 1984 and 2000, the minimum temperature has increased by 3.43˚C and the maximum temperature by 5.79˚C while over the past three decades, and rural temperature has further increased by 3.56˚C and that of urban area by 8.54˚C.

Table 4. Land surface temperature value range over the years.

The findings that the urban area, the arable land and other part where there is development are associated with high land surface temperature while the rural part with more of vegetation and water bodies corresponds to low temperature was in line with Seema and Sharma (2014) report [29] , which reveals that highest Land Surface Temperature (LST) corresponds to bare soil area, built-up areas and agricultural fallow land. Water bodies record lowest LST values followed by vegetation classes. Related result was also presented by Weng et al., (2004) [9] , where it was noted that commercial and industrial land exhibited the highest temperature, followed by residential land. The lowest temperature was observed in the forest area followed by water bodies.

3.2. Land Surface Temperature/Land Cover Type Relationship

Correlation analysis was demonstrated on Built-Up Area-Land Surface Temperature (BUI-LST) map and Normalized Differential Vegetation Index-Land Surface Temperature (NDVI-LST) map respectively, and Figures 4(a)-(f) were obtained. The summary of this analysis is presented in Table 5.

It could be noted from Table 5 that LST and BUI show a strong positive correlation in 1984 as the rvalue of 0.9251 was obtained. Also in the year 2000, r value of 0.8256 was observed from LST-BUI plot which indicate strong positive correlation. The year 2014 was no exception as the correlation coefficient, r value between LST and BUI was 0.7017 meaning they are strongly positively correlated. The result show that there exist a positive correlation between the land surface temperature and the built-up area index values, which means there is a linear relationship between them and either of the two (LST value and BUI value) can be used to predict the intensity of the other. This also meant the advancement in the built-up area will definitely increase the intensity of the land surface temperature in Ibadan locality.

The same Table 5 revealed the correlation coefficient, r values exist between LST and NDVI maps for the three different years to be −0.8840, −0.8056 and −0.6361 for the year 1984, 2000 and 2014 respectively. This result shows that there is a strong correlation between LST and NDVI but they are inversely related. This result on the other hand shows that land surface temperature and

Table 5. Coefficient of determinant and coefficient of correlation of LST versus BUI and NDVI index; Note: +value means linear relationship while ?value means inverse relationship.


Figure 4. (a) A graph of Landsat Surface Temperature against Built-Up Area Index; (b) A graph of Land Surface Temperature against Built-Up Area Index; (c) A graph of Land Surface Temperature against Built-Up Index; (d) A graph of Land Surface Temperature against Normalised Differential Vegetation Index; (e) A graph of Land Surface Temperature against Normalised Differential Vegetation Index; (f) A graph of Land Surface Temperature against Normalised Differential Vegetation Index.

normalised differential vegetation index are inversely related, which means the improvement in vegetation of any geographical location will definitely reduce the intensity of the land surface temperature over the region. This could be used as measure to ameliorate the effect of Urban Heat Island. It is also important to note that there exist an inverse relationship observed between BUI and NDVI from Figure 3(a) and Figure 3(b). In Nigeria, environmental development encourages cutting down of trees which have an adverse effect on the vegetation.

The result that LST maintain an inverse relationship with NDVI and linear relationship with BUI was similar to the findings of Seema and Kavita (2014) [29] , which reported that the statistics underlines significant negative relationship between LST and abundance of vegetation cover. The correlation between the LST and NVDI images was reported to be −0.562 in 2000 and −0.522 in 2011. Weng et al., (2014) also noted a similar result that both vegetation indicators considered in their study show the strong, negative correlation with LST and the highest negative correlation was found in cropland and forest.

4. Conclusion

This study has found significant proof of continuous increase in land surface temperature and effect of Urban Heat Island over Ibadan. Urban development had an adverse effect on the vegetation by contributing greatly to its depletion, in which the process in-turns intensified the warming of the immediate surroundings. The manner in which Ibadan develops over the coming decades will play a critical role in determining the characteristics of its environmental temperature under climate change. It is expected that as the city expands further, the magnitude of the land surface temperature would become stronger affecting the living conditions of the urban population. There exists an inverse relationship between the LST and vegetative area cover while LST Index and Built-Up Area Index maintain a linear positive relationship. This relationship between urban temperature and land cover types helps to find out the best solutions for urban environment quality improvement and the planning strategies for heat island reduction. These strategies are essential for the future of urban development as it may become necessary to apply these solutions to reduce the harmful impacts of increasing temperatures and the urban heat island.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


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