Articles | Volume 71, issue 2
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 71, 243–247, 2022

Special issue: Quaternary research from and inspired by the first virtual...

E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 71, 243–247, 2022
Express report
18 Nov 2022
Express report | 18 Nov 2022

A new Google Earth Engine tool for spaceborne detection of buried palaeogeographical features – examples from the Nile Delta (Egypt)

Tobias Ullmann et al.

Related authors

Sentinel-1 time series for mapping snow cover depletion and timing of snowmelt in Arctic periglacial environments: case study from Zackenberg and Kobbefjord, Greenland
Sebastian Buchelt, Kirstine Skov, Kerstin Krøier Rasmussen, and Tobias Ullmann
The Cryosphere, 16, 625–646,,, 2022
Short summary
Preface: Special issue “Geoarchaeology of the Nile Delta”
Julia Meister, Eva Lange-Athinodorou, and Tobias Ullmann
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 70, 187–190,,, 2021
Short summary
Mapping buried paleogeographical features of the Nile Delta (Egypt) using the Landsat archive
Tobias Ullmann, Leon Nill, Robert Schiestl, Julian Trappe, Eva Lange-Athinodorou, Roland Baumhauer, and Julia Meister
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 69, 225–245,,, 2020
Short summary

Related subject area

Methodological advances
Comparison of bulk and sequential sampling methodologies on mammoth tooth enamel and their implications in paleoenvironmental reconstructions
Zuorui Liu, Amy Prendergast, Russell Drysdale, and Jan-Hendrik May
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 71, 227–241,,, 2022
Short summary
18O analyses of bulk lipids as novel paleoclimate tool in loess research – a pilot study
Jakob Labahn, Lucas Bittner, Philip Hirschmann, Christopher-Bastian Roettig, Diana Burghardt, Bruno Glaser, Slobodan B. Marković, and Michael Zech
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 71, 83–90,,, 2022

Cited articles

Belward, A. S. and Skøien, J. O.: Who launched what, when and why; trends in global land-cover observation capacity from civilian earth observation satellites, ISPRS J. Photogramm., 103, 115–128,, 2015. 
Bietak, M.: Tell El-Dab’a II: Der Fundort im Rahmen einer archäologisch-geographischen Untersuchung über das ägyptische Ostdelta, in: Untersuchungen der Zweigstelle Kairo des Österreichischen Archäologischen Instituts, Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenaschaften, Wien, 236 pp., ISBN 978-3-7001-0136-9, 1975. 
Brandolini, F., Domingo-Ribas, G., Zerboni, A., and Turner, S.: A Google Earth Engine-enabled Python approach for the identification of anthropogenic palaeo-landscape features, Open Res Europe, 1, 22,, 2021. 
Butzer, K. W.: Early hydraulic civilization in Egypt: a study in cultural ecology, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 134 pp., ISBN: 0-226-08634-8, 1976. 
El-Fadaly, A., Abouarab, M. A. R., El Shabrawy, R. R. M., Mostafa, W., Wilson, P., Morhange, C., Silverstein, J., and Lasaponara, R.: Discovering Potential Settlement Areas around Archaeological Tells Using the Integration between Historic Topographic Maps, Optical, and Radar Data in the Northern Nile Delta, Egypt, Remote Sens., 11, 3039,, 2019. 
Short summary
In this contribution we highlight as an example the application of a freely available tool for the Google Earth Engine. The software allows cloud-free satellite images to be processed. We show processing examples for the Nile Delta (Egypt) and how the remote sensing images are used to find hints of buried landforms, such as former river branches of the Nile.