Potential Impacts of the Construction of the Third Airport in İstanbul, Turkey on the Forest and Coastal Habitats

Authors: Xunwei Xu*, Texas A&M University
Topics: Land Use and Land Cover Change, Remote Sensing, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: remote sensing, land use and land cover change
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Large infrastructure projects are notorious for their impacts on the environment. Therefore, the third airport of İstanbul in Turkey, planned to be the largest airport in the world once completed, has drawn particular attention both nationally and internationally. The airport is currently under construction along the Black Sea coast on the European side of İstanbul. The forests and coastal habitats in the area are rich in biodiversity and provide significant ecosystem services but have already been under threat from illegal and unplanned development. The third airport and its related road networks may exacerbate these threats and cause serious degradation of these habitats. This study will address the knowledge gap in applying a more advanced model-Land Transformation Model (LTM)-in the context of forest and coastal habitats. The study will analyze the potential impacts of the airport and its related road networks on the forest and coastal habitats in the study area. A comprehensive understanding will be provided of the potential impacts of urban expansion, including the construction of the airport and related road networks on forest and coastal habitats in İstanbul. Also, effectiveness of several land use policies that are in practice will be evaluated. Thus, the analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness of the constructions and current policies will contribute to future decision making regarding the constructions in order to reduce negative impacts of the constructions to the greatest extent.

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