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Capacity building in tropical coastal resource monitoring in developing countries: a re-appreciation of the oldest remote sensing method
Dahdouh-Guebas, F.; Verheyden, A.; Kairo, J.G.; Jayatissa, L.P.; Koedam, N. (2007). Capacity building in tropical coastal resource monitoring in developing countries: a re-appreciation of the oldest remote sensing method, in: VLIZ Coll. Rep. 35-36(2005-2006). VLIZ Collected Reprints: Marine and Coastal Research in Flanders, 35-36: pp. Chapter 39
In: (2007). VLIZ Coll. Rep. 35-36(2005-2006). VLIZ Collected Reprints: Marine and Coastal Research in Flanders, 35-36. Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ): Oostende, more
In: VLIZ Collected Reprints: Marine and Coastal Research in Flanders. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee: Oostende. ISSN 1376-3822, more

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    VLIZ: Open Repository 125127 [ OMA ]

Keywords
    Aerial photography; Imagery; Mangroves; Remote sensing; Marine

Authors  Top 
  • Dahdouh-Guebas, F., more
  • Verheyden, A., more
  • Kairo, J.G., more
  • Jayatissa, L.P.
  • Koedam, N., more

Abstract
    Long-term decadal retrospection in spatio-temporal imagery analyses can only be carried out using aerial photographs, which are still the most detailed remotely sensed data available. Visual interpretation of such imagery is most efficient and inexpensive in the light of ecosystem monitoring research in developing countries, which are often unable to cope with the development or the cost of acquisition of commercial space-borne imaging (e.g. IKONOS, Quickbird). In this light, the present paper explicitly analyses the methodological use of image attributes of air-borne imagery from mangrove forests, and investigates the consistency and constraints of mangrove image attributes in visually interpreted air-borne imagery. Six image attributes are analysed, and their application is illustrated using various mangrove sites in Kenya and Sri Lanka. Comparison of identification keys reveals that minor attributes such as ‘ecological position’ are informative, and that image attributes for a particular species or genus are apparently less plastic and more widely applicable than formerly assumed. Emphasis on compulsory fieldwork is made and constraints related to reflection and interference, amongst others, is discussed.

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