Analyzing Green/Open Space Accessibility by Using GIS. Case Study of Northern Cyprus Cities

Kara C., Akcit N.

3rd International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy), Paphos, CYPRUS, 16 - 19 March 2015, vol.9535 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 9535
  • Doi Number: 10.1117/12.2192499
  • City: Paphos
  • Country: CYPRUS


It is well known that green spaces are vital for increasing the quality of life within the urban environment. World Health Organization states that it should be 9 square meters per person at least. European Environment Agency defines that 5000 square meters of green space should be accessible within 300 meters distance from households. Green structure in Northern Cyprus is not sufficient and effective in this manner. In Northern Cyprus, they have neglected the urban planning process and they have started to lose significance and importance. The present work analyzes the accessibility of green spaces in Northern Cyprus cities. Kioneli, Famagusta, Kyrenia and the northern part of Nicosia are analyzed in this manner. To do that, green space structure is analyzed by using digital data. Additionally, accessibility of the green space is measured by using 300-meter buffers for each city. Euclidean distance is used from each building and accessibility maps are generated. Kyrenia and Famagusta have shortage in green space per capita. The amount of green space in these cities is less than 4 square meters. The factors affecting the accessibility and utilization of public spaces are discussed to present better solutions to urban planning.