Zaatari Refugee Camp and Land Use Cover Change

Authors: Amanda Barclay*, Indiana University Of Pennsylvania
Topics: Land Use and Land Cover Change
Keywords: Refugees, refugee camps, land cover change, land use, change analysis
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan provides shelter to approximately 80,000 Syrian refugees as they escape the political unrest of their homeland, making it the largest Syrian refugee camp in the world according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Refugee camps are created to provide temporary shelter to refugees; however, these camps usually end up serving as long term shelters. This study analyzes the land use/cover change of the area near and surrounding the Zaatari refugee camp between 2010 and 2018 to better understand the landscape change since its formation in July 2012. This study uses red band image differencing, Principal Component Analysis (PCA), and Support Vector Machine (SVM) techniques to examine land use/cover change that attributes to the location of the Zaatari refugee camp using ERDAS Imagine and ENVI software products. This research is important to assess the impact that long term settlement of refugee camps has on local landscapes and environments.

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