Summary: The problem of climate change is being taken seriously by the Egyptian authorities. Low lying land in the Nile delta region is considered to be especially at risk from the effects of any sea level rise resulting from global warming. In particular, the cities of Alexandria , Rosetta and Port Said , which are major industrial and economic centres, are expected to experience serious environmental impacts, if no action is taken.
This case study of a vulnerability assessment of Alexandria governorate
is based on assumed scenarios of sea level rise of 0.5m; and 1.0m by the
end of the 21st century. Remote sensing and GIS techniques are used to
assess vulnerability and identify sectors likely to be most seriously impacted.
The main objectives of this study are to collect data pertaining to the problem of
coastal zone development in the Alecandria region and the Egyptian Mediterranean coast,
and to apply them in the context of the GAIA information system
for educational and planning purposes, for the assessment and mitigation of climate change and sea level rise.
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