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Remote sensing and zonation of seagrasses and algae along the Kenyan coast
Dahdouh-Guebas, F.; Coppejans, E.; Van Speybroeck, D. (1999). Remote sensing and zonation of seagrasses and algae along the Kenyan coast, in: (2000). VLIZ Coll. Rep. 30(2000). VLIZ Collected Reprints: Marine and Coastal Research in Flanders, 30: pp. chapter 10
In: (2000). VLIZ Coll. Rep. 30(2000). VLIZ Collected Reprints: Marine and Coastal Research in Flanders, 30. 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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  • Dahdouh-Guebas, F.; Coppejans, E.; Van Speybroeck, D. (1999). Remote sensing and zonation of seagrasses and algae along the Kenyan coast. Hydrobiologia 400: 63-73, more

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Keywords
    Coasts; Distribution; Ecological zonation; Remote sensing; Rocky shores; Satellite sensing; Sea grass; Sea grasses; Seaweeds; Algae; ISW, Kenyan Coast [Marine Regions]; Marine
Author keywords
    seagrasses; algae; zonation; remote sensing; Thematic Mapper; Kenya

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  • Dahdouh-Guebas, F., more
  • Coppejans, E., more
  • Van Speybroeck, D., more

Abstract
    Little information has been published on space-borne remote sensing of seagrasses, and no information is available about the distribution of seagrasses and algae in East Africa. Through satellite remote sensing this study investigates the distribution of these plants along a southern section of the Kenyan coast. The visible bands (red, green and blue) and the near infra-red band of a Landsat Thematic Mapper image acquired in 1992 were combined in order to detect seagrasses and algae in 10 sectors along the section of the coast. Ground trusting was done at three locations along the same section. Results indicate that two distinct zones of vegetation can be recognised, and ground trusting reveals their identity is rocky substrate with mostly algae and seagrasses, respectively. The extent of the vegetation in the two zones has been quantified in square kilometres for the 10 sectors. However, care is needed in the interpretation of the satellite images when dealing with artefacts such as clouds. The zonation of the algal vegetation is discussed for one of the study sites.

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