A Research on Estimating of carrying Capacity of the Lake Ercek with the Remote Sensing Method
Sari, Mustafa; Akkus, Mustafa
Yuzuncu Yil University, Van, Turkey, TURKEY
In this study, the carrying capacity of Lake Ercek - which is located at 30 km east of Lake Van - was determined using the remote sensing. With the remote sensing technique in this case study, the chlorophyll-a concentration in Lake Ercek was calculated through a total of 48 ENVISAT/MERIS satellite images taken four times each month over a year period. The end results have shown that the chlorophyll-a concentration in Lake Ercek reached its highest value of 6.970 mg/m3 in June, while dropping to its lowest value of 1.268 mg/m3 in July. The mean value of chlorophyll-a concentration in Lake Ercek was measured as 2.853 mg/m3/year. This mean value of areal chlorophyll-a concentration was then used to calculate the carrying capacity of the lake, which is 21331.47 tons/year with remote sensing as the method of calculation.