Forests are considered as one of the most important elements for environmental studies due to the fact that they represent valuable sources for habitats, biodiversity and natural reserves, and thus, have long been an interest for many researchers from various disciplines in relation with atmospheric carbon release or climate change. In present study it was aimed to determine long term forest cover change in pilot areas located in Aegean-Mediterranean coast of Turkey using the available past (1987) and present (2017) Landsat imageries, and ancillary data. The study area was limited with a buffer zone of 50 km distance from coastal line and subset images of seven pilot areas with equal perimeters were separately classified via supervised classification maximum likelihood algorithm. Since the main goal of the study is to determine the changes in forest areas, three classes were considered as Forest (F), Other (O), and Water (W). According to the results it was seen that forest areas obviously increased in past 30 years in selected areas. Moreover, visual interpretation of past and present high-resolution imageries showed that same trend occurs in whole buffer area. In this context, ongoing study is focusing on the forest cover change in closer time intervals to investigate short-term changes that might have been caused from fires and reforestation activities. The results are expected to present facilities for planners and decision makers in processes of planning future strategies.
Anahtar Kelimeler: Aegean-Mediterranean coast, Forest cover, LULC, Landsat