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Volume :47 Issue : 1 2019      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Change of Northern Kuwait Shoreline and its Related Physical Factors

Auther : Mohamed M. Alsahli Fatma K. Almutairi

Coasts are dynamic environments affected by physical and anthropogenic factors. One of the most dynamic coastal features that requires a continuous monitoring to maintain these productive environments is the shoreline.  Thus, we proposed in this study a systematic methodology in which the geospatial data were integrated to study changes of the northern Kuwait shoreline and physical factors (i.e., coastal sediments, soil and vegetation) associated with these changes. Northern Kuwait shorelines were significantly affected by sediment depositions of Shatt Al-Arab River, whereas local anthropogenic activates influenced certain coasts. Most of shoreline advancements extended on tidal mudflat. Torriothents, Aqusisailids and Torrisamments soil types were observed at areas of shoreline change where salt tolerant plants spread. The study findings must be considered in environmental and urban planning at the coastal zone. The method proposed in this study can be applied in studying shoreline changes elsewhere or for the same area in the future.
Keywords: River Sediment Depositions, Shoreline Retreat, Remote Sensing, GIS, Spatial Analysis, Physical Geography.

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