Near Real Time Measurements
Historical information is critical to understanding past changes in the states and dynamics of wetlands and riparian zones. The development of mobile devices (notebooks but also mobile phones) and field data recording software now facilitates near real time collection of ground data as well as coordination of effort, placement of sample sites and consistency of data recorded. To facilitate near real time collection of field data, TERN has developed a range of mobile applications generated using the Open Data Kit (ODK), with these focusing on land cover (including mangrove) classification and retrieval of environmental variables.
A mobile app for recording land cover classifications according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Land Cover Classification System (LCCS) is available and can downloaded onto an Android or iPhone using the instructions outlined below. All data on the extent of mangroves and other land covers will be provided through this portal.