Land use and land cover classes affected by the possible sea level rise in Mersin city center (Türkiye)

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Onur Güven
Ümit Yıldırım
Cüneyt Güler
Mehmet Ali Kurt


In this study, a sea level rise (SLR) investigation was carried out in an area representing the Mersin city center located in the south of Türkiye. The study area covers an area of ca. 385 km2. Future projections provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were used for the SLR assessment. These projections are for the years 2100, 2200, 2300, 2400, and 2500 and the SLR for these periods are 0.83 m, 2.03 m, 3.59 m, 5.17 m, and 6.63 m, respectively. It is aimed to determine the areas affected by the SLR that will occur according to these projections. In this context, land use and land cover (LULC) data were obtained from the CORINE 2018 dataset. The data obtained were adapted within the boundaries of the study area and processesed using various GIS analyses. The results have shown that all LULC classes are greatly affected by the SLR, but in varying degrees. Land losses as a result of SLR are as follows: 0.4% at 0.83 m SLR, 9.8% at 2.03 m SLR, 16.7% at 3.59 m SLR, 21.6% at 5.17 m SLR, and 25% at 6.63 m SLR.

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Güven, O., Yıldırım, Ümit ., Güler, C., & Kurt, M. A. (2024). Land use and land cover classes affected by the possible sea level rise in Mersin city center (Türkiye). Advanced GIS, 4(1), 15–23. Retrieved from


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