Quantifying the Change Detection of the Uluabat Wetland, Turkey, by Use of Landsat Images

Şermin TAĞIL

Ekoloji, 2007, Issue 64, Pages: 9-20

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Abstract

The objectives of this study were to determine land use and land cover (1), measure changes in the shoreline since 1975 (2), define hazard areas attributed to land cover change (3), and describe local landscape pattern characteristics (4) in the Uluabat Wetlands. Analyses were carried out using remotely sensed data from the Landsat MSS 1975, Landsat TM 1987 and Landsat ETM+ 2000 multi-spectral sensor systems. In brief, it has been determined that surface water had decreased by almost seventeen percent from 1975 to 2000. Analyses show an increase in fragmentation of the landscape. The overall change, that the lake experiences, is toward drying up.

Keywords

Change detection, fragmentation, landscape change, pattern metrics, remote sensing

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