Monitoring and Mapping Temporal and Spatial Land Use/Land Cover Change: A Case Study from Inebolu (Türkiye)




geographic information systems, land cover/land use, deforestation, agriculture, urbanization, land degradation, landscape


Land use/land cover (LULC) change affects forest ecosystem health and ecosystem services, and therefore, identifying and monitoring LULC is essential for ecosystem continuity. This study aims to determine the temporal and spatial changes in land use/land cover between 1999 and 2011 in the Inebolu Forest Enterprise (FE) located in the Western Black Sea Region and to reveal the reasons for these changes using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The results showed that the forest area increased by 9362.6 ha, and the productive forest area increased by 15333.4 ha between 1999 and 2011. It was predicted that the main reason for the increase in forest area was afforestation activities and population decreases due to migration from villages to cities. Rehabilitation studies can be recognized as a significant contribution to expanding productive forest areas. Additionally, it was determined that 2039.0 ha and 3607.2 ha of agricultural land were converted into CF and BF, respectively.


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Demirel, D., & Sivrikaya, F. (2023). Monitoring and Mapping Temporal and Spatial Land Use/Land Cover Change: A Case Study from Inebolu (Türkiye). Journal of Green Technology and Environment, 1(2), 13–21.



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