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TSUNAMI HAZARD ASSESSMENT IN THE NORTHERN AEGEAN SEA

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Author(s): Barbara Theilen-Willige

Journal: Science of Tsunami Hazards
ISSN 8755-6839

Volume: 27;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Aegean Sea | tsunami hazard | remote sensing | GIS | morphometric terrain analysis

ABSTRACT
Emergency planning for the assessment of tsunami hazard inundation and of secondary effects of erosion and landslides, requires mapping that can help identify coastal areas that are potentially vulnerable. The present study reviews tsunami susceptibility mapping for coastal areas of Turkey and Greece in the Aegean Sea. Potential tsunami vulnerable locations were identified from LANDSAT ETM imageries, Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM, 2000) data and QuickBird imageries and from a GIS integrated spatial database. LANDSAT ETM and Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data derived by the SRTM-Mission were investigated to help detect traces of past flooding events. LANDSAT ETM imageries, merged with digitally processed and enhanced SRTM data, clearly indicate the areas that may be prone to flooding if catastrophic tsunami events or storm surges occur.
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