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Analysis on the coastline change and erosion-accretion evolution of the Pearl River Estuary, China, based on remote-sensing images and nautical charts

Paper Abstract

Coastline change, erosion-accretion evolution, and their relationship in the Pearl River Estuary (PRE) of China over the past 25 years are analyzed using six remote-sensing images from 1986 to 2011 and two nautical charts. Due to land reclamation in the period from 1986 to 2011, the total length of the PRE coastline increased by 149.2 km, which is equivalent to a growth of 0.57% per year, and the coastal land increased by 251.76  km 2 , which is equivalent to a growth of 0.23% per year; in addition, water depth change showed a trend in that foreshores became shallower, while deep channels became deeper. Areas where the coastline extended seaward had deposition to some extent, except for deepwater ports. Human activities played an important role in coastline change and erosion-accretion evolution in the PRE, which intervened with the natural variation of coastline and erosion-accretion. In addition, pollutants from the reclamation land became the major factors of coastal water pollution, which may significantly influence the environment of the PRE in a negative way.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 2013
PDF: 15 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 7(1) 073519 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.7.073519
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 7, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Xiao-Zhen Wang, The Second Institute of Oceanography, SOA (China)
Hua-Guo Zhang, The Second Institute of Oceanography, SOA (China)
Bin Fu, The Second Institute of Oceanography, SOA (China)
Aiqin Shi, The Second Institute of Oceanography, SOA (China)


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