Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Abstract

Earthshots introduces remote sensing by showing examples of how environmental changes look from space.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) holds about 6% of the world’s total oil reserves. The oil cannot last forever, so Dubai is thinking of the future. The fast-growing city, and most populous in the UAE, is diversifying its economic base by becoming a luxury tourist destination.

About 5 million tourists visit Dubai every year and they have plenty to see and do. To attract tourists, Dubai developed the world’s fastest rollercoaster, the world’s tallest building, and the world’s largest shopping mall. It also built fancy hotels, beaches, and even a huge indoor ski resort.

In the first image of this series, desert fills much of the image. As Dubai expands, roads, buildings, and irrigated fields spread out over the desert. But the most prominent project in Dubai, and an impressive engineering feat, is the artificial islands built off its coast. The islands were built from sand dredged from the sea floor. Rock breakwaters protect them from erosion. These Landsat images show the rapid and impressive development of these islands.

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Publication type Dataset
Publication Subtype Website
Title Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description HTML Document
Country United Arab Emirates
City Dubai
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N