Abu Dhabi: Proteus, a provider of satellite-derived mapping and classification services, has delivered the first phase of a fine-scale terrestrial and marine land use/land cover (LULC) and habitat mapping project of Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD). The contract was signed in July 2013
Proteus completed the first of the total three phases in nine months; delivering maps a month ahead of its schedule. The three-phase, multi-million dollar project will ultimately include 60,000 sq. km. of land area and the coastal marine environment down to the 15-meter contour. Advanced processing algorithms are being used to extract LULC and habitat features from high-resolution multispectral satellite imagery acquired over both land and sea. In the coastal Arabian Gulf, Proteus delivered seabed classifications to depths of 15-20 meters.
Deliverables for each phase of the Abu Dhabi mapping project include bathymetric analysis, orthorectified mosaic, LULC/habitat ecological classifications, geospatial models, printed maps at multiple scales, and knowledge transfer.
EAD is a government agency tasked with protecting, managing and conserving the environment, as well as promoting sustainable development, in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Maps created in this project will serve as the primary baseline ecological dataset supporting EAD’s environmental preservation activities for the next decade. Proteus, which maintains headquarters in the United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom, teamed on the project with DigitalGlobe, Nautica Environmental Associates, GMV, and EOMAP.
Source: Sat News