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Title: Mapping air pollution using Earth Observation techniques for cultural heritage sites
Authors: Agapiou, Athos 
Nisantzi, Argyro 
Lysandrou, Vasiliki 
Mamouri, Rodanthi-Elisavet 
Alexakis, Dimitrios 
Themistocleous, Kyriacos 
Sarris, Apostolos 
Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. 
Major Field of Science: Natural Sciences
Field Category: Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Keywords: Air pollution;AOT;Cultural heritage;MODIS satellite;Paphos district
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2013
Source: 1st International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment, RSCy 2013; Paphos; Cyprus; 8 April 2013 through 10 April 2013
Conference: International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment 
Abstract: Air pollutants, together with climatic parameters, are of major importance for the deterioration of cultural heritage monuments. Atmospheric pollution is widely recognized as one of the major anthropogenic threats to architectural cultural heritage, in particular when associated with water absorption phenomena. Atmospheric particle deposition on surfaces of Monuments (of cultural heritage interest) may cause an aesthetic impact induced by a series of chemical reactions. Therefore there is a need for systematic monitoring and mapping of air pollution for areas where important archaeological sites and monuments are found. Earth observation techniques, such as the use of satellite image for the retrieval of Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT), are ideal for this purpose. In this paper, all important monuments of the Paphos District, listed by the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, have been mapped using Geographical Information Systems. Several recent (2012) MODIS satellite images (both Aqua and Terra) have been used to extract the AOT values in this area. Multi-temporal analysis was performed to identify areas of high risk where AOT values are considered to be high. In situ observations have been also carried out to verify the results.
ISBN: 978-081949638-6
DOI: 10.1117/12.2028234
Rights: © 2013 SPIE.
Type: Conference Papers
Affiliation : Cyprus University of Technology 
Restoration of Monuments and Sites, Kykkos Museum 
Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas 
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