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Integrating marine and terrestrial remotely sensed parameters at the regional and local scale in a geographical information system for the island of Sicily
Author(s): Francesca Sapio; Paola Filippi; Barbara Odone; Vittorio Barale
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Paper Abstract

An experimental GIS for the Island of Sicily was developed, aiming at the classification of some traits of both the marine and terrestrial environment in coastal zones. The GIS integrates data generated by remote sensors and conventional cartographic data. Parameters describing the marine environment, at the regional scale, were derived from time series of composite chlorophyll-like pigment concentration images generated by the Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) in the period 1979 - 1985, and of composite sea surface temperature images generated by the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) in the period 1982 - 1985. Other auxiliary data, such as bathymetry and maps of hydrological basins, rivers, elevation, and reservoirs were selected to complement the low-resolution satellite data set and introduced in the regional GIS. At the local scale (Simeto river basin and Gulf of Catania), parameters describing essential coastal water constituents and vegetation were derived from TM data (1985 and 1994). The ancillary data set integrated with the high-resolution images includes information about physical and biological components of the local coastal environment (i.e. geographic, geological, geomorphologic, sedimentary and vegetation outlines). Examples of the synergistic use of such data, at various space/time scales, include assessing the impact of runoff from hydrological basins on the marine ecosystem, sediment transport and coastal evolution, vegetation cover.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 December 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2960, Remote Sensing for Geography, Geology, Land Planning, and Cultural Heritage, (31 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.262481
Show Author Affiliations
Francesca Sapio, Institute for Space Applications/Joint Research Ctr. of the European Commission (Italy)
Paola Filippi, Institute for Space Applications/Joint Research Ctr. of the European Commission (Italy)
Barbara Odone, Institute for Space Applications/Joint Research Ctr. of the European Commission (Italy)
Vittorio Barale, Institute for Space Applications/Joint Research Ctr. of the European Commission (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2960:
Remote Sensing for Geography, Geology, Land Planning, and Cultural Heritage
Daniel Arroyo-Bishop; Roberto Carla; Joan B. Lurie; Carlo M. Marino; A. Panunzi; James J. Pearson; Eugenio Zilioli, Editor(s)

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