Mapping of coastline changes in Athens Riviera over the past 76 year’s measurements

Skilodimou, Hariklia D.; Antoniou, Vasileios; Bathrellos, George D.; Tsami, Eleni. 2021 Mapping of coastline changes in Athens Riviera over the past 76 year’s measurements [in special issue: Anthropogenic and geoenvironmental impacts on the hydrosphere: diagnosis, monitoring, assessment, and sustainable management] Water, 13 (15), 2135. 19, pp.

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Mapping of coastline changes assists in coastal development and monitoring. Athens Riviera, located in the southwestern coastal zone in Attica in central Greece, has undergone major and radical changes generated by human interference during the last decades. The aim of this paper is to map record and measure the coastline changes in Athens Riviera over the past 76 years. Aerial photographs and satellite images from 1945 to 2021 as well as geographic information system (GIS) techniques were used to depict the spatial and temporal variations of the coastline. The results show that 60% of the total length of the coastline is artificial coast, while 29% is rocky coast and 12% beach. The study of seven subareas showed that human interventions caused significant coastline changes in Faliro Bay, Alimos and Glyfada. The adjacent coastal regions to Athens metropolitan area illustrate the highest modifications in the coastline. The main changes in the coastlines are recorded from 1960 to 1987, while the rate of changes in coastline slowed down from 1987 to 2021. The total changes in the coastline of Athens Riviera demonstrate that, during the past 76 years, the coastline was enhanced by 40% while land reclaimed to the sea area approaches 2.67 km2. The applied method is effective and rapid and may utilize in the coastal monitoring and management.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Water Resources (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2073-4441
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
Additional Keywords: remote sensing, GIS, spatial and temporal coastline changes, artificial coast, central Greece
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 17 Sep 2021 15:45 +0 (UTC)

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