Urban Growth in Morocco 1985-2011

The Moroccan cities of Agadir, Inezgane, and Tikiouine are situated close to the Atlantic coastline and stretch into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in northwestern Africa. Agadir was nearly destroyed by an earthquake in 1960. Reconstruction efforts have focused on tourism, turning this area into a winter destination. The 1985 image shows the area 25 years into the rebuilding of the urban area. As seen in the 2011 image, the growing urban areas reach into the Atlantic coastal desert ecoregion of the Sahara Desert. Growth has been influenced by the expanding fishing industry and modern commercial ports.

Landsat imagery is useful for urban growth planning and infrastructure sustainability for desert areas.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011