Geography and Natural Resources


Ayazli I.E., Yakup A.E.

a Sivas Cumhuriyet University, Engineering Faculty, Department of Geomatics Engineering, 58140 Sivas, Turkey – ([email protected], [email protected])



Land cover changes caused by population growth and rapid urbanization and determination of land cover changes impact is compulsory for sustainable ur­ban management policies. Therefore, simulation models have been densely used in planning studies. Cellular automata-based simulation models present sig­nificant contribution for monitoring land cover change analysis and de­termi­ning the urbanization effects on natural areas in the rapid growing cities. The main goal of this study is to predict urban growth and to determine the pro­bable land cover changes according to protected and non-protected scenarios in Istanbul Sancaktepe district which has experienced an enormous population growth in last years. The required historical land cover data for the model were generated from cadastral maps which have been generated since 1950s. For this purpose, change detection analysis was first made between 1961-2014 and weight coefficients were calculated to create simulation model by protected scenarios for 2030. In order to detect the damages of uncontrolled urbanization, the second simulation model was created by non-protected scenario. According to first scenario, approximately 10 % of forest area will be probably transformed into settlement and agricultural area by 2030. Ho­wever, if the necessary precautions are not taken, namely uncontrolled urban growth occurs, this rate will be dramatically high.

Keywords: GIS, Change Detection, Land Cover Change, Cellular Automata, Urban Growth



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