UAE: The Coastal Management section at Dubai Municipality (DM) says DM will repeat its airborne hydrographic light imaging detection and ranging (Lidar) survey techniques experience to cover the coastal zone of Dubai every two to three years. The aim is to repeatedly track changes in the coastline due to the massive coastal developments. And the project costs is Dh6 million.
Dr Claudia Carmela Giarusso, marine projects expert at DM, said coastal erosion was taking place even before the projects existed.
She was speaking at the DM-organised seminar, which outlined its experience using Lidar techniques. The first survey was undertaken in 2004 and as a follow up to provide a detailed snapshot of the coastal bathymetry. The project was completed in 2008.
The seminar, which was attended by consultants from the industry and academics, elaborated on other techniques followed by the Municipality for its coastal monitoring programme.