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|Title:||Satellite Surveys of Lagoon and Coastal Waters in the Southeastern Mediterranean Area|
|Authors:||AHMED Mahmoud; BARALE Vittorio|
|Publisher:||Springer Science+Business Media|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Satellite observations provide elements about the environmental status of the major lagoons in northern Egypt (i.e. Lakes Maryut, Edku, Burullus, Manzala and Bardawil) and the adjacent marine area off the Nile River delta, in the southwestern Mediterranean region. Examples are shown of data collected by various sensors onboard the Landsat, Système Pour l’Observation de laTerre (SPOT) and EgyptSat-1 satellite series, and by the Sea-viewingWide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS). The remote sensing-derived parameters (e.g. lagoon size, aquatic vegetation patterns and other water quality parameters) allow to evaluate evolution and degradation of the near-coastal water bodies in the last four decades. The basic ecosystem indicators delivered by the satellite surveys are considered important contributions for the establishment of a sound decision-making process for environmental management purposes, aiming to ensure protection of natural systems and sustainability of human activities.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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