Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 87, Issue 1, pp 33–45 | Cite as

Monitoring and Assessment of Land Use Status by GIS

  • Hasan Ozcan
  • Mahmut CetinEmail author
  • Kenan Diker


The objectives of this study were to assess land suitability andto monitor the spatial and temporal changes in land use types (LUTs)by using GIS. The study was conducted in an irrigated area of 920ha, located in the East Mediterranean region of Turkey. Archiveddata of LUTs were utilized. Data analysis was conducted by usingArcInfo and ArcView GIS softwares. The land characteristics werecompared with land requirements of present LUTs by taking intoaccount the land evaluation results. Three major soil series andtwelve different LUTs were identified. Corn and citrus were themost planted LUTs in the assessment period. Generated mapsdemonstrated how LUTs changed spatially and temporally. Most LUTswere clustered in certain areas indicating that farmer'sselection of LUTs was affected by their habits and neighbor'sbehavior. Land suitability assessment results indicated thatCanakci and Mursel soil series were found to be highly suitable forall LUTs while Arikli soil series was determined to be moderately suitablecitrus, vegetables and watermelon. Citrus plantationmaps overlaid on soil series maps demonstrated that the citrushas not been planted completely on suitable areas. Landsuitability assessment showed that citrus plantation in Arikliseries would result in 40% yield loss and 58% of land is notused at its potential.

GIS land suitability land use types(LUTs) monitoring soil series 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Soil Science DepartmentFaculty of AgricultureÇanakkaleTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural EngineeringFaculty of Agriculture, Univ. of CukurovaAdanaTurkey

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