Applications of Space Techniques on the Natural Hazards in the MENA Region
Mashael M. Al Saud (Hrsg.)
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Naturwissenschaften, Medizin, Informatik, Technik / Geologie
This book introduces a comprehensive understanding in the use of space techniques in natural hazards and risk management in the MENA Region. The book is based on different case-studies from 25 MENA countries, and will be useful in highlighting the issues from all aspects.
In recent years the number of natural hazard events has increased in the MENA Region. This is exacerbated by the changing climate and extreme climate events, as well as a large increase in the population in this area. Disastrous events occur on a yearly basis characterized by a vulnerability of physical processes. Floods, earthquakes, and mass movement result in severe damage to property and livelihoods, and have devastating effects upon the environment. These events cause severe financial losses, which on an annual basis, can exceed millions of dollars.
The predication, assessment and monitoring approaches remain inadequate in managing these hazards and in mitigating their impacts, but with the development of space techniques and geo-information systems, these situations can now be better managed. The miscellany of satellite images, with different spatial and temporal resolutions, enable the detection of terrain features and provide indications of potential natural risks.
This book will of interest to stakeholders, including field experts, academics, researchers and decision makers.
Monitoring and environmental analysis, Natural hazards in the MENA region, Climate Change Mitigation, Satellite images to discover Earth's processes, Space observation techniques, Natural threats to the socio-economoc sectors, Natural risk prediction