Land degradation and natural environment in the western Anatolia


3rd International Geography Symposium (GEOMED), Antalya, Turkey, 10 - 13 June 2013, vol.120, pp.779-787 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 120
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.02.162
  • City: Antalya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.779-787
  • Keywords: Land degradation, Western Anatolia, forest destruction, mis-land use, remote sensing
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The study area is located in the lower part of the Aegean region which is part of the Western Anatolia. The area has appropriate natural environmental conditions (such as climate, topography, soil, water, natural harbor, transportation facilities, etc.). Due to the suitable conditions, there are intensive population and variety economic activities. The settlement started in 2,000 BC with Lydian, Ionians (Ephesus, Miletus, Pergamum, etc.) and continued with Roman, Seljuk and Ottomans. These can be seen in the several places in the research area. Due to the suitable land for agriculture, water sources and forest land, transportation facilities (land and sea transport availability), western Anatolia has been seen continuously under the human pressure.