Evaluation of rural areas in terms of landscape quality: Salacik Village (Trabzon/Turkey) example

DÜZGÜNEŞ E., Demirel O.

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, vol.187, no.6, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 187 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10661-015-4544-0
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: Visual perception, Aesthetic of landscape, Visual quality evaluation, Trabzon, VISUAL RESOURCE-MANAGEMENT, SCENIC BEAUTY, PREFERENCE
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


As a result of the increasing urbanization and fast pace of work life, people started to turn to rural areas so as to regenerate both socially and psychologically. Increasing interest in the rural areas made the importance of landscape quality of these areas more significant. This improvement gave way to the idea of the necessity of preserving the resourceful landscape areas in terms of visual characteristics and bringing them under the spotlight, and it became the driving power in reconciling the planners and administrators. From this point of view, a study was conducted in Salacik Village of Akcaabat district of Trabzon (Turkey) in order to identify the visually resourceful landscape areas and maintain the sustainability of the resource values by preserving them. In this respect, the area was divided into seven individual landscape types, visual landscape evaluation including the opinions of the experts, and a survey that is used in planning of the rural areas was implemented. It is thought that the results attained with the evaluations made taking the principles of Gestalt theory into consideration will constitute an essential fundamental for urban and regional planners, natural resource administrators, and other planning parties in their planning decisions relating the specific area. Apart from that, among the goals of this study are contributing in the preservation of visually resourceful landscapes, maintaining their sustainability, and integration of these areas into the development strategies.