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Sensors 2008, 8(11), 7213-7223; doi:10.3390/s8117213
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Analysis of Land Use Change and Urbanization in the Kucukcekmece Water Basin (Istanbul, Turkey) with Temporal Satellite Data using Remote Sensing and GIS

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Received: 27 September 2008; in revised form: 15 October 2008 / Accepted: 11 November 2008 / Published: 13 November 2008
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors for Urban Environmental Monitoring)
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Abstract: Accurate and timely information about land use and land cover (LULC) and its changes in urban areas are crucial for urban land management decision-making, ecosystem monitoring and urban planning. Also, monitoring and representation of urban sprawl and its effects on the LULC patterns and hydrological processes of an urbanized watershed is an essential part of water resource planning and management. This paper presents an image analysis study using multi temporal digital satellite imagery of LULC and changes in the Kucukcekmece Watershed (Metropolitan Istanbul, Turkey) from 1992 to 2006. The Kucukcekmece Basin includes portions of the Kucukcekmece District within the municipality of Istanbul so it faces a dramatic urbanization. An urban monitoring analysis approach was first used to implement a land cover classification. A change detection method controlled with ground truth information was then used to determine changes in land cover. During the study period, the variability and magnitude of hydrological components based on land-use patterns were cumulatively influenced by urban sprawl in the watershed. The proposed approach, which uses a combination of Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) techniques, is an effective tool that enhances land-use monitoring, planning, and management of urbanized watersheds.
Keywords: Remote sensing; GIS; water basin; urban monitoring; image analysis and land use classification Remote sensing; GIS; water basin; urban monitoring; image analysis and land use classification
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Coskun, H.G.; Alganci, U.; Usta, G. Analysis of Land Use Change and Urbanization in the Kucukcekmece Water Basin (Istanbul, Turkey) with Temporal Satellite Data using Remote Sensing and GIS. Sensors 2008, 8, 7213-7223.

AMA Style

Coskun HG, Alganci U, Usta G. Analysis of Land Use Change and Urbanization in the Kucukcekmece Water Basin (Istanbul, Turkey) with Temporal Satellite Data using Remote Sensing and GIS. Sensors. 2008; 8(11):7213-7223.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Coskun, H. Gonca; Alganci, Ugur; Usta, Gokce. 2008. "Analysis of Land Use Change and Urbanization in the Kucukcekmece Water Basin (Istanbul, Turkey) with Temporal Satellite Data using Remote Sensing and GIS." Sensors 8, no. 11: 7213-7223.


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