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Remote Sensing of Mangrove Ecosystems: A Review

Künzer, Claudia and Bluemel, A. and Gebhardt, Steffen and Vo Quoc, Tuan and Dech, Stefan (2011) Remote Sensing of Mangrove Ecosystems: A Review. Remote Sensing (3), pp. 878-928. MDPI. DOI: doi:10.3390/rs3050878.

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Official URL: http://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/3/5/878/

Abstract

Mangrove ecosystems dominate the coastal wetlands of tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world. They provide various ecological and economical ecosystem services contributing to coastal erosion protection, water filtration, provision of areas for fish and shrimp breeding, provision of building material and medicinal ingredients, and the attraction of tourists, amongst many other factors. At the same time, mangroves belong to the most threatened and vulnerable ecosystems worldwide and experienced a dramatic decline during the last half century. International programs, such as the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands or the Kyoto Protocol, underscore the importance of immediate protection measures and conservation activities to prevent the further loss of mangroves. In this context, remote sensing is the tool of choice to provide spatio-temporal information on mangrove ecosystem distribution, species differentiation, health status, and ongoing changes of mangrove populations. Such studies can be based on various sensors, ranging from aerial photography to high- and medium-resolution optical imagery and from hyperspectral data to active microwave (SAR) data. Remote-sensing techniques have demonstrated a high potential to detect, identify, map, and monitor mangrove conditions and changes during the last two decades, which is reflected by the large number of scientific papers published on this topic. To our knowledge, a recent review paper on the remote sensing of mangroves does not exist, although mangrove ecosystems have become the focus of attention in the context of current climate change and discussions of the services provided by these ecosystems. Also, climate change-related remote-sensing studies in coastal zones have increased drastically in recent years. The aim of this review paper is to provide a comprehensive overview and sound summary of all of the work undertaken, addressing the variety of remotely sensed data applied for mangrove ecosystem mapping, as well as the numerous methods and techniques used for data analyses, and to further discuss their potential and limitations.

Document Type:Article
Title:Remote Sensing of Mangrove Ecosystems: A Review
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Künzer, ClaudiaClaudia.Kuenzer@dlr.de
Bluemel, A.Geofaktur
Gebhardt, Steffensteffen.gebhardt@dlr.de
Vo Quoc, TuanCan Tho University
Dech, Stefanstefan.dech@dlr.de
Date:4 May 2011
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI:doi:10.3390/rs3050878
Page Range:pp. 878-928
Publisher:MDPI
Status:Published
Keywords:review; mangrove ecosystems; coastal zone remote sensing; mangrove mapping applications; reflectance and backscattering characteristics of mangroves; image processing methods for mangrove discrimination
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignement
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):W -- no assignement (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Dr. Claudia Künzer
Deposited On:13 Jul 2011 09:15
Last Modified:18 Sep 2013 03:03

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