Ph.D. Program in Oceanography and Global Change at the Canary Islands, Spain
Eva Pérez Hernández (Ph.D. Student): "Reconstruction of the natural and cultural lost heritage of the eastern coast of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria"
Cultural and natural heritage are increasingly threatened due to natural disasters (e.g. earthquakes, floods, tsunamis) or to human causes (e.g. wars, land use changes). Settlement is one of the most important drivers of land change globally and has been especially important in coastal areas. This is the case of the eastern coast of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which has been heavily transformed from the late XIX century to the 1970s by the urban sprawl. Thus, in this area, large part of the heritage no longer exists today. For this reason, we can consider it as lost heritage. This PhD Thesis is about the reconstruction of the natural and cultural lost heritage’s characteristics of the coast of the Canary Islands since the late XIX century, considering the natural, historical and cultural heritage. The aim of the partial study we are showing in this first step of the phD Thesis is the identification of the beaches loosed between 1879 and 2015 at the eastern coast of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as well as the valuation of their quality through methodology of Basic Geoconservation. This work has been developed through historical sources (documentary, graphic, cartographic and oral) and geographic information systems (GIS).