Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 12, Issue 1,2014
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Mapping of the agricultural and non-agricultural areas by using remote sensing techniques in Western Turkey


Mahmut Dingil

Recieved Date: 2013-10-11, Accepted Date: 2014-01-06


This study looks at research carried out on soils of the Denizli Province (Western Turkey). The study area is under very intensive agricultural usage. There are large agricultural areas at present but, in the future, farmers can’t find suitable field for their agricultural activity because of increasingly widespread non-agricultural utilizations. Soil characteristics, detailed soil map, soil classification and Land Capability Classes (LCC) studies were carried out for this research. Based on remote sensing data and GIS, 58 soil series were identified on 8 physiographic units by field survey and they were classified in 4 soil orders as Entisols, Inceptisols, Mollisols and Vertisols. Distributions of the soil orders are 41, 12, 8 and 39% of the studied area, respectively. Four widespread physiographic units were identified as lake (terrace, bottom, skirt), clay deposit, alluvial fan (top, central, end) and alluvial terrace. Each of these units take up 26, 25.1, 15.9 and 10.6% of the area, respectively. Agricultural (I, II, III and IV classes of the LCC) and non-agricultural areas (V, VI, VII and other usages) were identified in proportions as 88.7% and 11.3%, respectively.


Soil survey, soil classification, remote sensing, soil mapping

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2014
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Category: Environment
Pages: 364-367

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