The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
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Articles | Volume XXXIX-B4
31 Jul 2012
 | 31 Jul 2012

UNDERSTANDING THE PAST, MANAGING THE FUTURE – Remotely sensed analysis of the urban sprawl of Istanbul for supporting decision making for a sustainable future

O. Altan and G. Kemper

Keywords: Human Settlement, Change Detection, Understanding, GIS, Multitemporal, Geography

Abstract. The GIS based analysis of the land use change of Istanbul delivers a huge and comprehensive database that can be used for further analysis. Trend analysis and scenarios enable a view to the future that highlights the needs for a proper planning. Also the understanding via comparison to other cities assists in order not to copy errors from other cities. GIS in combination with ancillary data open a wide field for managing the future of Istanbul.