Monitoring changes in landscape pattern: use of Ikonos and Quickbird images

ALPHAN H., Celik N.

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, vol.188, no.2, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 188 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10661-015-5089-y
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: Landscape pattern, Change detection, Land cover, Urbanization, Ikonos, Quickbird, METRICS, COVER, BAY
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes


This paper aimed to analyze short-term changes in landscape pattern that primarily results from building development in the east coast of Mersin Province (Turkey). Three sites were selected. Ikonos (2003) and Quickbird (2009) images for these sites were classified, and land cover transformations were quantitatively analyzed using cross-tabulation of classification results. Changes in landscape structure were assessed by comparing the calculated values of area/edge and shape metrics for the earlier and later dates. Area/edge metrics included percentage of land and edge density, while shape metrics included perimeter-area ratio, fractal dimension, and related circumscribing circle (RCC) metrics. Orchards and buildings were dominating land cover classes. Variations in patch edge, size, and shapes were also analyzed and discussed. Degradation of prime agricultural areas due to building development and implications of such development on habitat fragmentation were highlighted.