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Classifying east coasts of Hormozgan province using Shepard method and satellite imagery

Rahbani, Maryam, Pakhirehzan, Mohammad
The Egyptian Journal of Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (Online) 2018 v.21 no.3 pp. 335-344
Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, coasts, geographic information systems, remote sensing, Iran
Coastal Makran in the southern part of Iran is one of the most attractive coastal areas in the world which was under geological and geomorphological attention from long ago. This area has been studied extensively from various points of view. Coastal classification however, was never attributed to the area so far. Categorizing the east coast of Hormozgan province therefore, located at the south-eastern coastline of Iran (entrance of Coastal Makran), using satellite imageries of ASTER and ETM+ sensors in the context of Shepard classification is considered as the subject of this investigation. The two satellite imageries derived from the two sensors were compared with each other using Arc GIS environment. Some statistical deviations were found when comparing the results derived from the two sensors. According to the both imageries however, the terrestrial factors (primary agents) were dominant in the area (over 90%), followed by the maritime factors (secondary agents) (about 5%). The coverage of the man-made coasts was only 1% of the total area. This conclusion was predictable; while, according to the literature the Makran zone was formed by the subduction of oceanic crust of Arabian Plate under the Eurasian Plate implying the area has a terrestrial background.