The Palestine Exploration Fund map (1871-1877) of the holy land as a tool for analysing landscape changes: the coastal dunes of Israel as a case study

Levin, Noam (2006) The Palestine Exploration Fund map (1871-1877) of the holy land as a tool for analysing landscape changes: the coastal dunes of Israel as a case study. Cartographic Journal, 43 1: 45-67. doi:10.1179/000870406X93508


Author Levin, Noam
Title The Palestine Exploration Fund map (1871-1877) of the holy land as a tool for analysing landscape changes: the coastal dunes of Israel as a case study
Journal name Cartographic Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0008-7041
1743-2774
Publication date 2006-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1179/000870406X93508
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 43
Issue 1
Start page 45
End page 67
Total pages 23
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Abstract The Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF) maps (1871-1877) are highly praised for their accuracy and completeness; however, no systematic analysis of their accuracy has been done to date. To study the potential of these 1:63,360 maps for a quantitative analysis of land cover changes over a period of time, I have compared them to 20th century topographic maps. The map registration error of the PEF maps was 74.4 m using 123 control points of trigonometrical stations and a 1st order polynomial. The median RMSE of all control and test points (n = 1104) was 153.6 m. As a case study of land cover changes, the area of coastal dunes as shown on the PEF maps was compared with that shown on British Mandate 1:20,000 topo-cadastral maps from c. 1930. In five of the six areas analysed, the yearly dunes movement rate was above the estimated annual error due to data resolution (2.96 m/year). The rate of dune movement south of Acre was found to be between 3.9 and 6.3 mlyear (depending on the method used for map registration) between 1874 and 1930. Care should be taken when analysing historical maps, as it cannot be assumed that their accuracy is consistent at different parts or for different features depicted on them.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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