GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS POTENTIAL FOR COASTAL ZONE LAND USE ASSESSMENT IN IZMIR BAY AND GULLUK BAY (TURKEY)


ARISOY Y., PAZI İ., YÜCEL GİER G.

11th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference, Albena, Bulgaria, 20 - 25 June 2011, pp.425-432 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Albena
  • Country: Bulgaria
  • Page Numbers: pp.425-432
  • Keywords: Coastal Zone Management, Fish Farming, GIS, Izmir Bay, Gulluk Bay, AQUACULTURE
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Two of the largest bays on the west coast of Turkey, Izmir Bay and Gulluk Bay, are the focus for ongoing research involving the Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology of Dokuz Eylul University. Especially, in Izmir, due to intense residential, commercial, and industrial use of the coastal areas, and there being numerous recreational, historic, natural and archaeological areas, the coastal water quality has become the most important asset in its coastal land use planning. Fishing and fish farming, maritime transport including shipping and port, defense (military zones), waste disposal are the other types of diverse coastal use. Although the major bays in the country have different features and water exchange rates depending on their water body area and geomorphology, there are growing concerns about the issues of contention for the use of shared, but limited, coastline and water body space. According to the general rules of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), before enacting and executing any endorsement, all required monitoring and analysis procedures must be implemented to identify and resolve potential conflicts of interest. This study presents the initial design and continuing GIS development efforts at the Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey. The study aimed to collect and integrate the relevant data regarding coastal zone land use, in order to underline the basic layout of Izmir Bay and Gulluk Bay, and to quantify parameters which will then be linked to the indicators related to the environmental concerns and management goals.