Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 65, Issue 1, pp 119–130 | Cite as

Coupling of remote sensing data aided with field investigations for geological hazards assessment in Jazan area, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Ahmed M. Youssef
  • Biswajeet Pradhan
  • Abdullah A. Sabtan
  • Hassan M. El-Harbi
Original Article


The city of Jazan is situated on the eastern flank of the Read Sea and considered as one of the fastest growing cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This zone attracts a lot of investors for various development projects. Recently, many new projects have been implemented and constructed in this region including new urban areas, infrastructures, and industrial projects. However, historically this area has been challenged from different types of geological hazards. These geological hazards are catastrophic events that can cause human injury, loss of life, and economic devastation. The current study is aimed at evaluating the different types of geological hazards in Jazan city. This study is based on interpretation of satellite data such as LANDSAT and QuickBird images, existing geological maps, and physiographical characteristics with the help of field and laboratory analyses. The results of the analysis indicate that there exist various types of geological hazards in the study area mostly related to the natural factors which include (1) Sabkha soil; (2) Salt dome; (3) Loess soil; and (4) Sand dune/drift. Further, the findings of this study revealed that, most of these geological hazards have a severe impact on the ongoing development activities in Jazan area.


Geological hazards Remote sensing Jazan Saudi Arabia GIS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahmed M. Youssef
    • 1
    • 2
  • Biswajeet Pradhan
    • 3
  • Abdullah A. Sabtan
    • 4
  • Hassan M. El-Harbi
    • 4
  1. 1.Geological Hazards & Engineering, Applied Geology SectionSaudi Geological SurveyJeddahSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Geology Department, Faculty of ScienceSohag UniversitySohagEgypt
  3. 3.Institute of Advanced Technology (ITMA)University Putra MalaysiaSerdang, Selangor Darul EhsanMalaysia
  4. 4.Geological and Environmental Engineering Department, Faculty of Earth SciencesKing Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia

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