address the increasing number of threats numerous natural and cultural
sites of exceptional value for humanity are facing, UNESCO in 1972
adopted the Convention Concerning the Protection of the
World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Today, 175 different
countries are signatories to the Convention and a total of 730 sites
(563 cultural sites, 144 natural sites and 23 mixed sites) are inscribed
as World Heritage.
The same year, the launch of the very first civilian remote sensing
satellite marked the beginning of a technological quest towards
an ever better understanding and more painstaking monitoring of
the evolution of our planet.
This website aims to demonstrate the usability of remote
sensing for cartography, land cover change studies and
support to World Heritage site management and conservation,
using the example of 5 particular World Heritage sites. The sites
chosen represent a wide variety of natural or cultural/historical
characteristics: tropical forest, savannah and coastal
area for the natural sites, a European historic center and an Islamic
city for the cultural sites.
This website was developed in the light of the
30th anniversary of the UNESCO
Worl Heritage Convention and of civilian remote sensing satellites
and in the framework of the conference Space Application for Heritage
Conservation co--sponsored by UNESO and ESA (November 2002).
Project financed by the Belgian Federal Science
Policy and realised by the Geography Department of Ghent University
and Laboratory SURFACES of Geomatic Department of Liege University.
A leaflet is downloadable