Geo-Visualization of Tourism-Based Landscape Change and Stone Heritage Decay in Petra, Jordan

 

Heritage tourism is a complex social phenomenon involving intensive human/environmental interaction in inherently fragile landscapes, such as Petra, Jordan. My research explores this relationship in Petra by utilizing complementary rapid field assessment techniques: Repeat photography, the Cultural Stone Stability Index, and various geospatial technologies. The extent to which tourism activity influences physical landscape change—whether beneficial or detrimental—will be condensed into a comprehensive analysis of tourism impact on stone decay and general landscape change intended to aid heritage tourism management, in Petra and elsewhere, in establishing more effective conservation policies.

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UPDATE: 

Due to the unfortunate emergence of COVID-19, all Fulbrighter grantees were recalled back to the United States. To read more about my specific experience, feel free to read my blog contribution on the Jordan Fulbright Commission's webpage:

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