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Changes in the coastal zone of Abu Dhabi determined using satellite imagery (1972-2003)
Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management
  • Ron A Loughland, Centre of Environmental Research, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Peter Saenger, Southern Cross University
  • Greg O Luker, Southern Cross University
  • K Siddiqui, Centre of Environmental Research, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • N Saji, Centre of Environmental Research, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • M Belt, Centre of Environmental Research, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • K Crawford, Centre of Environmental Research, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2007
Abstract
The coastal and marine resources of Abu Dhabi have sustained the local inhabitants for thousands of years. However, rapid development following the discovery and exploitation of mineral oil reserves in the second half of the 20th Century changed the intensity and use of the natural resources. Changes in coastal geomorphology, landuse and vegetation were documented using remote sensed images covering the period from 1972 to 2003. The study indicated that there have been major geomorphologic and landuse changes within the coastal zone of Abu Dhabi as a result of urban and industrial development. Vegetation, both cultivated and intertidal, has increased within the study period. The data collected emphasises the urgency for developing sustainable coastal management strategies in Abu Dhabi and the region.
Citation Information
Loughland, RA, Saenger, P, Luker, GO, Siddiqui, K, Saji, B, Belt, M & Crawford, K 2007, 'Changes in the coastal zone of Abu Dhabi determined using satellite imagery (1972-2003)', Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 301-308.

The publisher's version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14634980701512988