Impact of the Atatürk Dam Lake on Agro-Meteorological Aspects of the Southeastern Anatolia Region, Turkey

  • Orkan Özcan
  • Bodo Bookhagen
  • Nebiye Musaoğlu
Research Article


In this study, the spatial and temporal impacts of the Atatürk Dam on agro-meteorological aspects of the Southeastern Anatolia region have been investigated. Change detection and environmental impacts due to water-reserve changes in Atatürk Dam Lake have been determined and evaluated using multi-temporal Landsat satellite imageries and meteorological datasets within a period of 1984–2011. These time series have been evaluated for three time periods. Dam construction period constitutes the first part of the study. Land cover/use changes especially on agricultural fields under the Atatürk Dam Lake and its vicinity have been identified between the periods of 1984–1992. The second period comprises the 10-year period after the completion of filling up the reservoir in 1992. At this period, Landsat and meteorological time-series analyses are examined to assess the impact of the Atatürk Dam Lake on selected irrigated agricultural areas. For the last 9-year period from 2002 to 2011, the relationships between seasonal water-reserve changes and irrigated plains under changing climatic factors primarily driving vegetation activity (monthly, seasonal, and annual fluctuations of rainfall rate, air temperature, humidity) on the watershed have been investigated using a 30-year meteorological time series. The results showed that approximately 368 km2 of agricultural fields have been affected because of inundation due to the Atatürk Dam Lake. However, irrigated agricultural fields have been increased by 56.3% of the total area (1552 of 2756 km2) on Harran Plain within the period of 1984–2011.


Atatürk Dam Lake Harran Plain Landsat time-series Tasseled Cap transformation Disturbance index 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eurasia Institute of Earth SciencesIstanbul Technical UniversityMaslak, IstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Institute of Earth and Environmental ScienceUniversity of PotsdamPotsdam-GolmGermany
  3. 3.Geomatics Engineering DepartmentIstanbul Technical UniversityMaslak, IstanbulTurkey

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