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

Simay Kirca*, Hakan Altinçekiç, Noam Levin

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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.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)359-376
Number of pages18
JournalLandscape Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2015

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  • Forest Management Plan
  • Habitat fragmentation
  • Istanbul
  • Landscape continuity
  • Landscape planning


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