DEFORESTATION DUE TO URBANIZATION: A CASE STUDY FOR TRABZON, TURKEY
Keywords: Deforestation, Landsat 7 ETM+, Vegetation Index, Ground-Truth, fScore Statistics
Abstract. This paper inspects the deforestation of Trabzon in Turkey, due to urbanization, between 2006 and 2016. For this purpose, Landsat 7 ETM+ (Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus) images are obtained from United States Geographical Survey (USGS) archive (USGS, 2017a) and their VNIR bands related to this study are utilized. For both years, and for each band, histograms are equalized. Finally, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) values are calculated as images. Resulting vegetation indexes are assessed in comparison to the binary ground truth images. A visual inspection is also done with respect to Google’s Timelapse images for each year to validate and support the results.