EGU24-16939, updated on 11 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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Integrating structure-from-motion photogrammetry with 3D webGIS for risk assessment, mapping and monitoring of coastal area changes in the Maltese archipelago

Emanuele Colica, Daniel Fenech, Christopher Gauci, and George Buhagiar
Emanuele Colica et al.
  • Government of Malta, Public Works Department, Floriana FRN1700, Malta (

The Maltese coasts extend for approximately 273km, representing a notable resource for the country and of one of its pillar economies, the tourism sector. Natural processes and anthropic interventions continue to threaten Malta's coastal morphology, shaping its landscape and triggering soil erosion phenomena. Therefore, many research projects (Colica et al., 2021, 2022 and 2023) have concentrated their work on the investigation and monitoring of the instability of cliffs and the erosion of pocket beaches. The results of such activities can be widely disseminated and shared with expert and non-expert users through web mapping, which has only been used in a very limited way in collaborative coastal management and monitoring by different entities in Malta. This study describes the performance of a WebGIS designed to disseminate the results of innovative geomatic investigations for monitoring and analyzing erosion risk, performed by the Research and Planning Unit within the Public Works Department of Malta. While aiming to include the entire national coastline, three study areas along the NE and NW regional coasts of the island of Malta have already been implemented as pilot cases. This WebGIS was generated using ArcGIS pro software by ESRI and a user-friendly interactive interface has been programmed to help users view in 2D and 3D, satisfying both multi-temporal and multi-scale perspectives. It is envisaged that through further development and wider dissemination there will be a stronger uptake across different agencies involved in coastal risk assessment, monitoring and management.


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Colica, E., Galone, L., D’Amico, S., Gauci, A., Iannucci, R., Martino, S., ... & Valentino, G. (2023). Evaluating Characteristics of an Active Coastal Spreading Area Combining Geophysical Data with Satellite, Aerial, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Images. Remote Sensing, 15(5), 1465.

How to cite: Colica, E., Fenech, D., Gauci, C., and Buhagiar, G.: Integrating structure-from-motion photogrammetry with 3D webGIS for risk assessment, mapping and monitoring of coastal area changes in the Maltese archipelago, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-16939,, 2024.