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National Science Foundation (USA) 2010

Assessing the potential of natural resources for land use planning and development west of Aswan, Egypt

Natural Resources Land Use

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Titre : Assessing the potential of natural resources for land use planning and development west of Aswan, Egypt

Organismes NSF : Office Of Internatl Science &Engineering (OISE)

Durée : October 1, 2010 — September 30, 2013

Description
A new development corridor plan has been proposed (El-Baz, 2007) to help alleviate Egypt’s growing overpopulation along the Nile River that entails gradually extending development activities from the western side of the Nile Delta and Valley further toward the west. The Aswan sector is one of twelve sectors in the corridor and is the focus of this research. In cooperation with Dr. Fikry Khalaf of Suez Canal University in Egypt, the PI will conduct a pilot study in the Aswan sector to develop new techniques for multisensor data and information integration for land use planning. The lack of adequate, timely and integrated information has been the main reason behind the delay in developing the western extension of the Nile Valley. The proposed research establishes a multisensor approach for geospatial information extraction and integration from a variety of satellite platforms in order to produce priority maps for land use development activities west of Aswan. New satellite systems are providing improved information on land surface and subsurface features as well as terrain characteristics. However, there is a significant gap between the available information contained in remote sensing images and conversion of these data into information layers that can be used in a geographic information system (GIS) for decision making processes.
The proposed work on multisensor data fusion and information integration includes three steps : 1) classification of the datasets using different classifiers and data fusion techniques, 2) integration of multiple classifier outputs to produce high quality and updated input layers for the GIS modeling, and 3) design of a GIS model to produce strategic land use and priority maps for the western Aswan region. Such priority maps will assist the Upper Egypt Governorates in their planning processes for future land development activities not only in the study area, but also elsewhere, and will ultimately have a positive impact on the wellbeing of the inhabitants in those regions.

Partenaires : Magaly Koch mkoch bu.edu (Principal Investigator)

Financement : $103,196.00

Présentation (National Science Foundation)

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