The lands in a region can be used for different purposes according to the natural environment conditions of the area. However, it is not possible to say that each land use type is used in accordance with its potential. Especially in coastal areas, the rapid increasing of population due to the economic activities driven by different sectors has diversified the land use types. This situation brings many natural and human problems. This study aims to analyze the land use alteration of the coastal areas between Arsuz and Dörtyol from 1987 to 2016. Data related to land use between 1987 and 2016 are obtained from related institutions and foundations and then they were regulated using ArcMap - ArcGIS 10.3 from Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. Moreover, alteration in land use was determined by field studies and satellite imagery of study area. Results of study shows substantial alteration in land use during 30-years period in coastal areas between Arsuz and Dörtyol. While agricultural, forest, pasture and other areas under the head of sandy, stony etc. has observed as decreasing situation, residential areas has prominently observed as increasing. There is a discordance between land capability classes and land use in the research area. The favorable climatic characteristics of the area, agricultural potential, transportation facilities and increasing industrial activities caused the population to increase rapidly. This situation causes many problems such as forest destruction, infrastructure problems and environmental pollution, especially the decreasing of agricultural lands. At the end of study, solutions for determined problems are proposed.
Land Use, Coastal Areas, Temporal Alteration, GIS