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Title: Risk assessment of cultural heritage sites clusters using satellite imagery and GIS: the case study of Paphos District, Cyprus
Authors: Agapiou, Athos 
Lysandrou, Vasiliki 
Themistocleous, Kyriacos 
Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. 
Keywords: AHP methodology;Cultural heritage;Cyprus;GIS;Management;Natural hazards;Preservation;Remote sensing
Category: History and Archaeology
Field: Humanities
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2016
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Source: Natural Hazards, 2016, Volume 83, Pages 5-20
DOI: 10.1007/s11069-016-2211-6
Abstract: This paper aims to assess the risk of natural and anthropogenic hazards for cultural heritage in Cyprus by integrating multi-temporal GIS and earth observation analysis, in the area of Paphos District. The work presented here attends to re-evaluate previous results from earth observations and GIS analysis and go a step forward targeting more reliable outcomes for cultural heritage management. The scope of the paper was to develop a more accurate methodology for risk assessment against natural and anthropogenic hazards (e.g., soil erosion; urban expansion), based on homogeneous clustering of the monuments under consideration. The accomplished assessment approach, being lopsided and generic, cannot be applied across the board and undistractedly for cultural heritage management of all types of monuments of the district. Instead, the proposed clustering of monuments based on a variety of parameters is taking into consideration characteristics of their immediate environment, resulting rational local-based outcomes more useful for monuments and sites safeguarding and for prevention measurements. For each one of the five clusters of monuments located in the Paphos District, an analytical hierarchy process (AHP) method was followed in order to address the individual and unique characteristics of the monuments and sites within the same cluster area. Subsequently, the weight factors from these clusters were interpolated to the whole district, prior to the application of the overall AHP risk assessment. Ultimately, the results were compared with the overall AHP method applied for the entire Paphos District, indicating that the proposed methodology can be more accurate and realistic for the different groups of the monuments.
ISSN: 0921030X
Rights: © 2016, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Type: Article
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