The use of remote sensing and GIS in the sustainable management of tropical coastal ecosystems

dc.contributor.authorDahdouh-Guebas, F.en
dc.contributor.departmentSustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (SANREM) Knowledgebaseen
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-19T18:55:31Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-19T18:55:31Zen
dc.date.issued2002en
dc.description.abstractThe sustainable use and management of important tropical coastal ecosystems (mangrove forests, seagrass beds and coral reefs) cannot be done without understanding the direct and indirect impacts of man. The ecosystem's resilience and recovery capacity following such impacts must be determined. The efficacy of mitigation measures must also be considered. Remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) are excellent tools to use in such studies. This paper reviews the state of the art and application of these tools in tropical coastal zones, and illustrates their relevance in sustainable development. It highlights a selected number of remote sensing case-studies on land cover patterns, population structure and dynamics, and stand characteristics from South-East Asia, Africa and South-America, with a particular emphasis on mangroves. It further shows how remote sensing technology and other scientific tools can be integrated in long-term studies, both retrospective and predictive, in order to anticipate degradation and to take mitigating measures at an early stage. The paper also highlights the guidelines for sustainable management that can result from remote sensing and GIS studies, and identifies existent gaps and research priorities. There is a need for more comprehensive approaches that deal with new remote sensing technologies and analysis in a GIS-environment, and that integrate findings collected over longer periods with the aim of prediction. It is also imperative to collect and integrate data from different disciplines. These are essential in the spirit of sustainable development and management, particularly in developing countries, which are often more vulnerable to environmental degradation.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier1002en
dc.identifier.citationEnvironment, Development and Sustainability 4(2): 93-112en
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1023/A:1020887204285en
dc.identifier.issn1387-585Xen
dc.identifier.issn1573-2975en
dc.identifier.other1002_00014.pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/65881en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherDordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishersen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.holderCopyrights 2002 by Kluwer Academic Publishersen
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectEcosystem managementen
dc.subjectEcosystemen
dc.subjectMarine aquacultureen
dc.subjectAquatic ecosystemsen
dc.subjectEnvironmental impactsen
dc.subjectTropical zonesen
dc.subjectGISen
dc.subjectResource management toolsen
dc.subjectNatural resource managementen
dc.subjectAquacultureen
dc.subjectBiocomplexityen
dc.subjectCoral reefsen
dc.subjectHuman ecologyen
dc.subjectMangroveen
dc.subjectSeagrassen
dc.subjectSpatial resolutionen
dc.subjectSpectral resolutionen
dc.subjectTemporal resolutionen
dc.subjectEcosystemen
dc.titleThe use of remote sensing and GIS in the sustainable management of tropical coastal ecosystemsen
dc.typeArticle - Refereeden
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