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        Abstract - Issue Sep 2017, 38 (5)                                                                                                             Back

nstantaneous and historical temperature effects on a-pinene

Temporal change of land use in the Protection Basin of

Tahtalı Dam (1990-2015), (Izmir, Turkey)


A.E. Gülersoy1* and M.A. Çelik2

1Department of Social Studies, Buca Faculty of Education, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, 35150, Turkey

2Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Kilis 7 Aralik University, Kilis 79000, Turkey

*Corresponding Author E-mail:




Key words

Protection basin,

Temporal change,

Tahtali Dam




Publication Data

Paper received : 18.10.2016

Revised received : 20.06.2017

Accepted : 27.06.2017



Aim: The present study was carried out evaluate the temporal changes of land use in the Protection Basin of Tahtalı Dam in terms of sustainable use of natural resources through 1990 and 2015.


Methodology: In the study, Lands at TM satellite image dated 06.08.1990 with spatial resolution of 15 km and Lands at OLI satellite image dated 06.08.2015 were used in order to determine conditions of land use through the year 1990 and 2015.


Results: Despite a 12% decrease in cropland areas and 1.4% in forests-maquis-garrigues, a 119% increase in water surfaces, 34% in residential areas and 17539% in greenhouse areas occurred through 1990-2015 in the Protection Basin of Tahtalı Dam. There was a mismatch between the land capability classes and their use. The said situation had resulted in some disadvantages. As a matter of fact, severe erosion which was seen at the part of 54% of the basin has the impact on lands which are inclined and devoid of natural vegetation cover. There was an increase stemming from domestic and industrial wastes in parameters for chemical oxygen demand and biological oxygen demand in the basin. As a result of land degradation and erosion, nearly 25% of lands of the basin have become unusable losing their natural characteristics.


Interpretation: In order to prevent degradation, erosion and pollution, soils should be used according to the land capability classes. Cooperativation should be encouraged for a continuous and planned marketing in the basin, and alternative sustainable economic activities should be promoted. Furthermore, basin protection activities should be formed by an interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration should be established among local people.



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