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EUROSENSE develops a successful approach for the sustainability of tourism infrastructure projects

In the frame of this ESA Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) project, Eurosense targets to turn the outcome of research in salt karst hazards assessment in the Dead Sea into a full-operational service for decision makers, land planners and hotel managers.

The contribution of Sentinel-1 radar imagery to the service will be essential to do so. The results, combined with previous research achievements, will be communicated towards potential end-users which include the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan, Zara Investment Holding and the Holiday Inn resort Dead Sea.

Overall benefit for the human collectivities:

The aim of the project is to improve the decision making process taking place in economic valorization projects. Systematic use of remote sensing technologies is meant to guarantee the security of major tourism infrastructures such as hotels, roads, bridges, dams and pipelines in salt karst terrain that are at high risk of sinkholes, subsidence and landslides. These threats have increasingly become a major geo-hazard in many areas around the world, especially in the Mediterranean basin.

Depending on the results of this proof of concept study, the technical service and the commercial approach developed in the Jordanian Dead Sea area will afterwards be extended for the assessment of tourism project sustainability in karst areas in the whole Mediterranean region.

Landslide at the Holiday Inn front beach, Dead Sea, Jordan.

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