Observing Landscape Changes Around the Nicosia Old Town Center Using Multi-temporal Datasets

  • Branka CucaEmail author
  • Athos Agapiou
  • Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10058)


In 1980s a significant boom in construction industry was witnessed in Cyprus. This paper explores the changes of land use that have occurred over the past 30 years around the historical capital of Nicosia, in particular around the core of the historic city defined by the Venetian walls. Further to some Open geospatial Data available within the national and regional geo-portals, the research has focused on the use and exploitation of freely accessible satellite imagery (such as Landsat and Sentinel imagery) and other archive aerial datasets in order to observe the most recent modifications of the urban landscapes. The changes occurred over time were observed using multi-spectral multi-temporal dataset with main aim to create thematic maps for further interpretation. The changes were hence identified, mapped and structured so as to emphasise different types and density of urban development affecting the surrounding landscapes and potential “hot-spots”. Such observations could be a valuable input to the future urban development of Nicosia.


Historical cities Nicosia Cyprus Earth observation Landsat Changing landscape 



The present communication is under the “ATHENA” project H2020-TWINN2015 of European Commission. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 691936.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Branka Cuca
    • 1
    Email author
  • Athos Agapiou
    • 1
  • Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering and GeomaticsCyprus University of TechnologyLimassolCyprus

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