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Use of E.O data for coastal transformations monitoring: land environment

Coastal area transformation was identified using two satellite sensors: SPOT Panchromatic and Landsat TM.

1) In the studied case, coastline changes in a 7 year period (1987 - 1994) - based on the analysis of SPOT panchromatic images - were rather limited (taking into account the satellite geometrical resolution of 10m) and mainly due to the presence of anthropic structures (ports, barriers, and protection structures). The carried out analysis can be considered as a first step towards a permanent monitoring of the coastline transformation to be performed relying also on other platforms recently launched, or planned to be launched in the near future, equipped with more suitable sensors (IRS-1C and D, Earth Watch Quick Bird, EROS).
2) An analysis of land use changes over a ten-year period (1987-1996) - based on Landsat TM processing: image classification using CORINE legend and change detection analysis based on multi Date Change Detection Using Post Classification and "from to" Matrix - showed and quantified how much the main land use changes are dependant on urban and industrial growth around the major cities and are caused by new settlements along the coast and inland regions in the studied area. An evaluation of classification accuracy was made using in-situ observations.
Direct benefits to the Planning Department (partner of the Consortium):
-acquisition of updated information and recent transformation trends in order to check possible discrepancies with the master plan of the area.
-introduction to the potentialities and use of remotely sensed information in this field to support their planning purposes.

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