Landscape continuity analysis as a tool for landscape planning: a case study in Istanbul

Kirca, Simay, Altincekic, Hakan and Levin, Noam (2015) Landscape continuity analysis as a tool for landscape planning: a case study in Istanbul. Landscape Research, 40 3: 359-376. doi:10.1080/01426397.2013.824561

Author Kirca, Simay
Altincekic, Hakan
Levin, Noam
Title Landscape continuity analysis as a tool for landscape planning: a case study in Istanbul
Journal name Landscape Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-6397
Publication date 2015
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01426397.2013.824561
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 40
Issue 3
Start page 359
End page 376
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract In the last decade the city of Istanbul has suffered a gradual decrease in green areas because of the growing need for space for new settlements, trade and industry. Landscape continuity analysis takes its starting point from the analysis of built areas rather than the landscape in between. This study aimed to demonstrate the applicability of landscape continuity analysis within a region adjacent to a large metropolis-Istanbul-that is utilised for multiple purposes and composed of an important amount of green areas including Belgrade Forest. The general framework of this research consists of two major steps: 1) quantification of the inferred influence of human activities on green areas; and 2) evaluation of the compatibility between the inferred influence of human activities, and implemented planning decisions (particularly the Forest Management Plan). The results support the use of landscape continuity analysis as a timesaving and cost-effective supplementary tool in decision-making processes. This is achieved by the development and comparison of alternative land-use options, aiming where possible to prevent the fragmentation and alteration of green areas.
Keyword Forest Management Plan
Habitat fragmentation
Landscape continuity
Landscape planning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
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