Land-use change and urbanization of Adana, Turkey

Alphan H.

LAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT, cilt.14, ss.575-586, 2003 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 14 Konu: 6
  • Basım Tarihi: 2003
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1002/ldr.581
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.575-586


This study analyses land-use/land-cover (LULC) changes in Adana city, Turkey, using satellite data of 1984 and 2000. Study of the expansion of the city over adjacent agricultural fields and semi-natural areas was the major focus. The satellite images were classified using supervised classification prior to comparison of LULC on two different dates. The change map was produced by pixel-to-pixel comparison of the classified images. Urban and built-up area increased by a factor of 2.07 during the 16 years; about 30 per cent on agricultural land and 70 per cent on previously semi-natural land. Permanent immigration and urban development strategies were the main driving forces. Some policy perspectives are also given. Copyright (C) 2003 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.