Spatial and temporal dynamics of land use pattern in Eastern Turkey: a case study in Gumushane

Kadiogullari A. İ., Baskent E. Z.

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, vol.138, pp.289-303, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Recognition and understanding of landscape dynamics as a historical legacy of disturbances are necessary for sustainable management of forest ecosystems. This study analyzed spatial and temporal changes in land use and land cover patterns in a typical mountain watershed in the Gumushane district along the Northeastern part of Turkey. The area is investigated by comparing LANDSAT images from 1987 to 2000 and evaluated the temporal changes of spatial structure of forest conditions through spatial analysis of forest cover type maps from 1971 and 1987 using GIS and FRAGSTATS (TM).