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Investigating Land-Use and Land-Cover Changes of Failaka Island: A Study in Geography and Geoarchaeology

Version 1 : Received: 9 August 2020 / Approved: 11 August 2020 / Online: 11 August 2020 (04:13:37 CEST)

How to cite: Hassan, A.; G Almatar, M.; Ashkanani, H. Investigating Land-Use and Land-Cover Changes of Failaka Island: A Study in Geography and Geoarchaeology . Preprints 2020, 2020080249 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0249.v1). Hassan, A.; G Almatar, M.; Ashkanani, H. Investigating Land-Use and Land-Cover Changes of Failaka Island: A Study in Geography and Geoarchaeology . Preprints 2020, 2020080249 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0249.v1).

Abstract

Failaka Island is located 20 kilometers east of the Kuwait mainland. The island includes archaeological sites dating back to the Bronze, Hellenistic, Christian, and Islamic ages. To develop the island as a tourist attraction the state is pursuing a new urban plan based on the island's environmental potential. This study is the basis of the urban plan depends on environmental criteria from the view of Geoarchaeology. The study analysis the land-use and land-cover changes of Failaka Island between 1958- 2018. It provides a topographic survey of the island's coastline and a classification of its geomorphological features and a state of the art identification of its archaeological sites by using a drone to make a terrain model. The study used a medium to high-resolution image analysis of the land-use and land-cover changes: WorldView2-50cm 2010 and 2018; Landsat 8; aerial photography; Drone images and a digital elevation model (DEM), to analysis the expected sea level changes by the end of this century. This study also created a geodatabase of the island that can be adapted for future studies. The results emphasize the importance of preserving the historical and ecological features of the island while developing its infrastructure.

Subject Areas

Geoarchaeology; Urban Geomorphology; Failaka Island; GIS; RS.

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