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Hazard analysis of active tectonics through geomorphometric parameters to cultural heritage conservation: the case of Paphos in Cyprus
Author(s): A. V. Argyriou; A. Sarris; D. Alexakis; A. Agapiou; K. Themistocleous; V. Lysandrou; D. Hadjimitsis
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Paper Abstract

Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, can have a large destructive effect on cultural heritage sites conservation. This study aims to assess from a geospatial perspective the risk from natural hazards for the archaeological sites and monuments and evaluate the potential tectonic activity impact on the cultural and historic heritage. Geomorphometric data derivatives that can be extracted from Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) provide information relevant with active tectonics. The specific extracted tectonic information when being used on the basis of analytical hierarchy process and weighted linear combination approach can offer an important robust approach. The ranking of the derived information relatively to specific criteria of weights can enhance the interrelationships and assemblages over neotectonics aspects. The outcomes of that methodological framework can propose an assessment approach for the spatial distribution of neotectonic activity and can become a useful tool to assessing seismic hazard for disaster risk reduction. The risk assessment aspects of such a hazard are being interlinked with the archaeological sites in order to highlight and examine those that are exposed on ongoing tectonic activity and seismic hazard. Paphos area in Cyprus has been used as the test bed for the particular analysis. The results show an important number of archaeological sites being located within zones of high degree of neotectonic activity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9229, Second International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2014), 92291J (12 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2066253
Show Author Affiliations
A. V. Argyriou, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
Univ. of Portsmouth (United Kingdom)
A. Sarris, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
D. Alexakis, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
A. Agapiou, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
K. Themistocleous, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
V. Lysandrou, Kykkos Museum (Cyprus)
D. Hadjimitsis, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9229:
Second International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2014)
Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis; Kyriacos Themistocleous; Silas Michaelides; Giorgos Papadavid, Editor(s)

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