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An overview of integrated and interdisciplinary studies on conservation of a coastal lagoon system in Turkey

D.Z. Seker (Department of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey)
A. Tanik (Department of Environmental Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey)
M. Gurel (Department of Environmental Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey)
A. Ekdal (Department of Environmental Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey)
A. Erturk (Department of Environmental Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey)
S. Kabdasli (Department of Hydraulics, Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey)
A. Aydingakko (Department of Hydraulics, Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Article publication date: 1 August 2004

Abstract

This paper presents part of the results of ongoing integrated and interdisciplinary studies conducted at a vulnerable coastal lagoon system with the aim of protecting it from further anthropogenic pollution. The target area is in southwestern Turkey, consisting of a lake that joins the Mediterranean Sea via a lagoon channel system. Land resources in the watershed are identified, including all the elements of the physical environment that influence potential land‐use, and are illustrated by the application of geographical information systems through mapping and visualization of various thematic layers of land. This study will enlighten those working on lagoon watersheds aiming at conservation of natural resources since it states the results of the studies conducted so far through various disciplines, and presents how data are utilized by the groups in an integrated manner. Based on the available data, pre‐modelling studies on hydrodynamic modelling and on water quality modelling are also referred. Identification of a watershed depends on gathering satisfactory data, which will further be used to establish sustainable development and management plans, apart from utilizing the obtained data for watershed and hydrodynamic modelling approaches and to better understand such complex systems.

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Seker, D.Z., Tanik, A., Gurel, M., Ekdal, A., Erturk, A., Kabdasli, S. and Aydingakko, A. (2004), "An overview of integrated and interdisciplinary studies on conservation of a coastal lagoon system in Turkey", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 364-379. https://doi.org/10.1108/14777830410540117

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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