The use of landslide hazard maps to determine mitigation priorities in a dam reservoir and its protection area


LAND USE POLICY, vol.91, 2020 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 91
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.104363
  • Journal Name: LAND USE POLICY
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, PASCAL, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), CAB Abstracts, Environment Index, Geobase, PAIS International, Political Science Complete, Pollution Abstracts, Public Affairs Index, Sociological abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, DIALNET
  • Keywords: Landslide, Hazard, Decision support, Planning, The Melen Dam (Duzce, Turkey), LOGISTIC-REGRESSION, SUSCEPTIBILITY ASSESSMENT, TECTONIC EVOLUTION, INVENTORY, LENGTH, NORTH, ZONE, PART
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Despite longstanding research on the landslide hazard assessment and mapping, the use this information in regional planning applications remains largely unclear. There is still a need for novel methods to interpret the results of hazard analyses. In this respect, the main research question of this study is how the landslide hazard maps can be evaluated in planning practice. To evaluate this issue, a comprehensive case study was carried out and a new methodology, defining the order of priority for the locations where mitigation measures are applied was developed. The investigations were carried out in the Melen Dam reservoir, which provides potable water to the city of Istanbul, and the dam protection area (Duzce, Turkey) in four main stages: (i) Evaluation of the general characteristics of the study area, (ii) preparation of landslide inventory, (iii) development of landslide hazard model, and (iv) implementation of the results of hazard analyses in planning. As a consequence, a decision support system that can evaluate analytically complicated outputs "P-combined", "P-AL, (min)", and "L-Total" and provide clear decisions "Urgent", "Primary", and "Secondary" was suggested. Considering the limited resources available for the mitigation measures, the determination of mitigation priorities for the micro-catchments constitutes the key land-use policy for the protection of the dam reservoir.