Monitoring sand dune stabilization along the coastal dunes of Ashdod-Nizanim, Israel, 1945-1999

Levin, N. and Ben-Dor, E. (2004) Monitoring sand dune stabilization along the coastal dunes of Ashdod-Nizanim, Israel, 1945-1999. Journal of Arid Environments, 58 3: 335-355. doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2003.08.007


Author Levin, N.
Ben-Dor, E.
Title Monitoring sand dune stabilization along the coastal dunes of Ashdod-Nizanim, Israel, 1945-1999
Journal name Journal of Arid Environments   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0140-1963
Publication date 2004-08-01
Year available 2003
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2003.08.007
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 58
Issue 3
Start page 335
End page 355
Total pages 21
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Abstract Temporal changes in the stabilization process along the coastal dunes of Israel were assessed using a series of 23 aerial photographs taken over the period 1944-1999. The stabilization rate was then quantified using a specially developed method for the calculation of sand dune movement and by the calibration of the gray-scale images into vegetation cover maps. An episodic reactivation of the dunes during the 1970s was identified and examined with respect to various physical and human factors. The Mediterranean climate along the coast of Israel and the low wind energy are favorable for the stabilization of sand dunes in the absence of human activity. It was shown that military maneuvers and recreational traffic (pedestrians and off-road vehicles) increased fragmentation but did not lead to the reactivation of the dunes. Based on archival records and interviews with officials who have worked in the area over the past 25 years, it was concluded that the apparent changes in the stabilization process should be attributed to changes in the grazing and vegetation cutting practices of Bedouin farmers along the coast of Israel between the late 1960s and the late 1970s, concomitant with the changing policies of successive Israeli governments.
Keyword Aerial photographs
Bedouin
Coastal dunes
Israel
Land uses
Stabilization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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