Title

Changes in the coastal zone of Abu Dhabi determined using satellite imagery (1972-2003)

Document Type

Article

Publication details

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

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.