Abstract—Coastal zones represent vital international issues
for environmental and sustainable development. Most coastal
developing countries mainly depend on the limited coastal
resources for their economic development. The promising
region of the Northwestern coast of Egypt has attracted massive
investments. The main objectives of this present research are:
selection of most suitable sites for constructing ports in this area
based on a number of environmental criteria and to assess the
suitability of the proposed site. Factors used in this study
include natural land/marine hazards/factors man-made
facilities. Materials used include: multispectral satellite images,
digital elevation models, topographic maps, Admiral marine
maps, in addition to field survey of the sea depth. Spatial
modeling is performed using the spatial analyst module for port
site selection and assessment. A total of 62 locations are
identified and classified as suitable for positioning a port. All
identified areas extend from west of Marsa Matrouh to East of
Negeila and record a suitability values from (Good) to
Index Terms—Site selection, ports, northwestern coast of Egypt, remote sensing and GIS, land criteria, offshore/inshore criteria.
Salwa F. Elbeih and Wael Attia are with Engineering Applications Department, National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, Egypt (e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
Sameh B. Elkafrawy is with Marine Sciences Department, National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, Egypt (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com).
Cite: Salwa F. Elbeih, Sameh B. Elkafrawy, and Wael Attia, "Multi-criteria Site Selection and Assessment of Ports in the Northwestern Coast of Egypt: A Remote Sensing and GIS Approach," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 10, no. 10, pp. 310-320, 2019.Copyright © 2019 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).