Trend In Coastal Evolution Of Kuwait From Anthropogenic Activities: Impact On Natural Landscape Resources And Carrying Capacity | 2490
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The Arabian Gulf has seen a lot of coastal development along its shores since the discovery of oil and rise in oil based economy.
Kuwait too, for the last five decades (from 1960s), has seen a tremendous alteration of the coastal morphological landscape
(CML) from what existed 50 years ago. This paper brings together facts, datas and literature research associated with studies on
evolution of coastal morphological landscape (CML) from anthropogenic actions and evolutionary trend in the State of Kuwait. The
study shows that the physiognomy of the coastal landscape created by geological, geomorphologic, biological factors and coastal
process was greatly shaped by oil based development. This tremendous change in coastal edge from natural morphology to build
up morphology was brought due to coastal migration, construction, private and public establishments, landscaping, coastal fronts,
artificial beaches, ports, marine facilities for petroleum industries, power stations, distillation plants, coastal defensive structures,
beach houses, structures of hospitality, etc. The coastal areas have reached to a saturation level thus tempting and forcing humans
to invade the virgin coastal areas which were untouched earlier. These limited natural coastal resource areas in Kuwait hold high
significance values. The metamorphosis from land cover to land use for urban and other development has remarkably evolved the
?Coastal Morphological Landscape (CML) such that the Carrying Capacity has decreased to significant level. An evaluation study
on intrinsic carrying capacity explicitly and implicitly for morphological landscape for coastal interface from metamorphosis of land
cover to land use is carried out with help of tools like Remote sensing and GIS, and would be talked about.
Mr. Saji Baby is is working with GEO Environmental Services, Kuwait as Environmental Manager (Research and Development) & Principal Scientist.
He is also a Consulting Principal Scientist for environmental projects at the Office of Consultation and Career Development (OCCD) of the College of
Engineering and Petroleum, Kuwait University. He has contributed towards Kuwait?s Sustainable Development by handling about 86 mega projects
out of which he was a Team Leader or Principal Investigator for about 70 projects of study value of 1,747,541 USD. He has edited 30 international
conference proceedings, delivered 21 international keynote lectures and has chaired 39 International Conferences till now. Apart he is a Chief-editor
and reviewer to Peer Reviewed International Journals. He had been invited to deliver talks to universities and different Institutions including Club
Diplomatique, the Embassy of United States of America, Abu Dhabi. He is currently doing his PhD. He possess MTech in Remote Sensing from
Birla Institute of Technology, MPhil in Environmental Science & Engineering from Pondicherry Central University, Post Graduate Diploma in Ecology
and Environment and Master of Science in Life Sciences from Ranchi University, Bachelor of Science Honors and has acquired Graduate of the
Institution of Engineers (Grad.IE).
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