Monitoring urban growth and detection of land-use change with GIS and remote sensing: A case study of the Kyrenia Region

Kara C., Akcit N.

4th International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy), Paphos, CYPRUS, 4 - 08 April 2016, vol.9688 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 9688
  • Doi Number: 10.1117/12.2241874
  • City: Paphos
  • Country: CYPRUS


Land-cover change is considered one of the central components in current strategies for managing natural resources and monitoring environmental changes. It is important to manage land resources in a sustainable manner which targets at compacting and consolidating urban development. From 2005 to 2015, urban growth in Kyrenia has been quite dramatic, showing a wide and scattered pattern, lacking proper plan. As a result of this unplanned/unorganized expansion, agricultural areas, vegetation and water bodies have been lost in the region. Therefore, it has become a necessity to analyze the results of this urban growth and compare the losses between land-cover changes. With this goal in mind, a case study of Kyrenia region has been carried out using a supervised image classification method and Landsat TM images acquired in 2005 and 2015 to map and extract land-cover changes. This paper tries to assess urban-growth changes detected in the region by using Remote Sensing and GIS. The study monitors the changes between different land cover types. Also, it shows the urban occupation of primary soil loss and the losses in forest areas, open areas, etc.