Appraisal of Resources in the Saudi Arabian Gulfby Andrew R. G. Price, Tropical Marine Research Unit Ltd, York, England,
Tony W. Chiffings, Tropical Marine Research Unit Ltd, York, England,
Marlin A. Atkinson, Tropical Marine Research Unit Ltd, York, England,
Timothy J. Wrathall, Tropical Marine Research Unit Ltd, York, England,
Abstract: The Kingdom's Meteorology and Environmental Protection Administration (MEPA) has commissioned a major study of the natural resources, as well as an appraisal of coastal zone management needs. This paper considers the actual resource survey and assessment, including the approach taken. In the first section, the natural (physical & biological) processes that give rise to marine biotopes within the Arabian Gulf are discussed, based on a 'systems approach'. In this way, some understanding of the importance of natural processes to the ecology of the region, and how these processes may be modified by impacts, can be obtained. The second section deals with the various biotopes and associated resources. Biotope boundaries were determined and mapped using several methods, including Thematic Mapper (TM) imagery.
Subject Headings: Biological processes | Gulfs | Mapping | Coastal management | Meteorology | Natural resources | Resource management
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