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A Beach Vulnerability Framework for the Galapagos Islands: Fusion of WorldView 2 Imagery, 3-D Laser Scanner Data, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Citation

Walsh, Stephen J.; Page, Philip H.; Brewington, Laura; Bradley, J. R.; & Mena, Carlos F. (2018). A Beach Vulnerability Framework for the Galapagos Islands: Fusion of WorldView 2 Imagery, 3-D Laser Scanner Data, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.. Walsh, Stephen J. (Ed.) (pp. 159-176). Waltham, Mass.: Elsevier.

Abstract

Following the oil spill caused by the grounding of the tanker the Jessica in Jan. 2001, a European Union Task Force and the Charles Darwin Foundation called for the creation of a response network in Galapagos for natural resource management and preparation for costal hazards. One decade later, the arrival of two tsunamis in the Galapagos Islands caused property damage and losses in the coastal towns, and altered the shape and configuration of shorelines that are nesting grounds for endemic flightless cormorants, marine turtles, and marine iguanas as well as the home to sea lion colonies. To anticipate the scale and impacts of change due to natural hazards, human uses, economic development, tectonic uplift and subsidence, and/or sea level rise, a beach vulnerability framework was developed to consider the social and ecological threats to diverse and fragile island settings, informed through data acquired from high spatial resolution, remote sensing systems.

Reference Type

Book Section

Year Published

2018

Series Title

Applications for Societal Benefits

Author(s)

Walsh, Stephen J.
Page, Philip H.
Brewington, Laura
Bradley, J. R.
Mena, Carlos F.

Data Set/Study

9.13