Available Data for Management of the Egyptian Red Sea Coastal Areas

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by Rifaat G. M. Hanna, Water Board, West Ryde,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91:

Abstract: An evaluation of the available data and the existing environmental conditions will help to assess the future potential impacts of oil fields operations, metalliferous muds, phosphate mining and transportations, the expected population growth and economic development. The control of such impacts requires a knowledge of their effects on the status of the magnificent coral reefs, mangroves and other resources, so that these resources can be maintained in a desirable state. Identifying the principal environmental problems and conflicts and assessing the levels of toxic pollutants in the marine coastal environment, biogeochemistry, hydrographic data available and evaluate whether they are sufficient to create a data base for the coastal management of the coastal zone at the entrance of the Gulf of Suez, Red Sea. Informations available about shore geomorphology and the effects of the oil spill accidents in this area on the different vulnerable areas has been assessed also. Taking account of existing environmental conditions and the proposals for the development of the area, a proposals and recommendations for an overall strategy on the protection of the environment in this area.

Subject Headings: Seas and oceans | Coastal management | Information management | Environmental issues | Water pollution | Hazardous materials spills | Data processing | Field tests | Red Sea | Gulf of Suez

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