Satellite Data and Derived Products

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At a national level, mangrove mapping from satellite sensor data has focused largely on the use of Landsat sensor data from single epochs. However, mapping has also been undertaken as part of global initiatives, including Spalding et al. (1997; 2010) and Giri et al. (2011), with the former collating information from national resources. A major global mangrove effort has been associated with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Kyoto and Carbon (K&C) Initiative's Global Mangrove Watch (GMW). The establishment of the Australian Geoscience Data Cube (AGDC) and subsequently Digital Earth Australia (DEA), the capacity for inter-annual national scale mangrove mapping and discriminating forest communities has been achieved. Increasingly, the potential for mapping and monitoring mangroves has been realised following the launch of RapidEye, CubeSat and Sentinel optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). TERN has contributed to the development of several datasets and also provides links to several existing products relevant to Australia.


Giri, C., Ochieng, E., Tieszen, L.L., Zhu, Z., Singh, A., Loveland, T., Masek, J., Duke, N., 2011. Status and distribution of mangrove forests of the world using earth observation satellite data. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20, 154–159

Spalding, M.D, Blasco, F., Field, C.D. (Eds.) (1997). World Mangrove Atlas. Okinawa (Japan): International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems. 178 pp. Compiled by UNEP-WCMC, in collaboration with the International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME).

Spalding, M., Kainuma, M., Collins, L. (2010). World Atlas of Mangroves (version 1.1). A collaborative project of ITTO, ISME, FAO, UNEP-WCMC, UNESCO-MAB, UNU-INWEH and TNC. London (UK): Earthscan, London. 319 pp.