|Using remote sensing and GIS for integrated coastal zone management, a case study: the coral reefs in the Northwestern Red Sea (Hurghada, Egypt)|
Vanderstraete, T.; Goossens, R.; Ghabour, T.K. (2005). Using remote sensing and GIS for integrated coastal zone management, a case study: the coral reefs in the Northwestern Red Sea (Hurghada, Egypt). Presented at the Eighth International Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 17-19 May 2005. [S.n.]: [s.l.]. 8 pp.
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Coastal zone management; Coral reefs; Remote sensing; ISW, Red Sea, Hurghada; Marine
Remote sensing is very suitable for coral reef monitoring as it provides information about the configuration and composition of the coral reef; enables the monitoring of the biophysical parameters of the seas and oceans in which the coral reefs occur; and supports the detection of changes over time of these elements. This remote sensing-derived data is integrated in a Geographic Information System (GIS) together with additional environmental information. The GIS not only forms an inventory of all available information but is also used as a tool to analyze this information in order to support integrated coastal zone management (ICZM). The example is given of a risk assessment map constructed for the coral reefs offshore Hurghada, Egypt, indicating the coastal zones most endangered by human activities. It is shown that about 86% of the marine, coastal area near Hurghada is at medium to high risk of being deteriorated.