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Remote sensing support for analysis of coasts


The project aims at demonstrating the usefulness and cost-effectiveness of multisatellite data in the assessment and monitoring of coastal erosion phenomena, by developing a prototype information system, containing enhanced earth observation products to be integrated in the decision-making process of Israel (customer) for coastal planning.
The contents of the project are in full accordance with the EU policies including the CEO concept; moreover, the priority requirements of the mediterranean countries expressed in the framework of the Mediterranean Action Plan, as well as the specific Israeli plans for the coast preservation and protection, are closely met.
As a matter of fact, the coastal region is an area of intense interchange among physical, biological, social, cultural and economic processes, and is composed of manifold, interacting systems: maritime, terrestrial and riverine. Changes in any part of the system can generate chain reactions far from their point of origin and possibly in a totally different system, whose environmental conditions will be subsequently altered.
The project applies to different satellites, as SPOT, Landsat, NOAA, ERS 1-2, GEOSAT, TOPEX-POSEIDON, which have to lead to a real integrated improvement of environmental information, in particular concerning the meteo-ocean parameters and morphological characteristics of sea platform and land. The integration of data from different satellites - optical and microwave ones - is expected to prove particularly powerful and consequently to introduce new customers to the usage of remotely sensed data.
The project is focused on the monitoring and study of the following aspects, all of them relevant to a better understanding of the coastal erosion processes in the test-area:
- Shoreline changes
- Coastal land cover
- Bathymetry assessment
- Suspended sediments analysis
- Sand inventory
- Sea-state and wind.
The setting up of a proper GIS will allow the organization,integration and management of all these environmental information.
Furthermore, in order to make easier communication and exchange of data among the partners and towards the customer, an advanced network system will be implemented.
The finalisation of the proposed project will generate benefits for the customer/user that will discover new supports for a better environmental knowledge; for the cooperating partners that will further develop their expertise increasing so the european competitiveness; for data providers and Space Agencies that will find encouragement for better addressing their investments and widening the use of remote sensing.
The project management will be coordinated by CTM - Centro di Telerilevamento Mediterraneo, Italy, and the other partners are the Planning Department of the Ministry of the Envlronment of Israel; ARGOSS and NLR - National Aerospace Laboratory, The Netherlands; MétéoMer, France; Nuova Telespazio, Italy.

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