Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Environmental Agency has decided to develop fine-scale terrestrial and marine Land Use/Land Cover (LULC) and habitat maps for the whole Emirate of Abu Dhabi. These maps will serve as the primary baseline ecological dataset supporting the Emirate’s environmental conservation activities over the next decade.
Abu Dhabi is the largest of seven Emirates comprising the United Arab Emirates (UAE), occupying more than 80% of the country’s total land area. The whole project takes in a land area of 60,000 sq. km plus 20,000 sq. km of coastline down to a depth of 15 metres. A consortium led by Proteus has been commissioned for the task. GMV will lead the terrestrial part, including the development of the LULC and habitat maps. GMV will deliver maps with a thematic accuracy greater than 85%, with a variable mapping unit (1 to 25 hectares) and up to 34 classes in the habitat map, 35 in the land cover map and 13 in the land use map. As a preliminary task GMV will be responsible for the orthorectification and atmospheric correction of all images, ensuring terrain correction for sensor– and platform-induced distortions and also atmospheric distortions. This means that the rest of the consortium team can work from uniform, high-precision orthorectified images.