Remote sensing of coral reefs and their physical environment

Mumby, Peter J., Skirving, William, Strong, Alan E., Hardy, John T., LeDrew, Ellsworth F., Hochberg, Eric J., Stumpf, Rick P. and David, Laura T. (2004) Remote sensing of coral reefs and their physical environment. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 48 3-4: 219-228. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2003.10.031

Author Mumby, Peter J.
Skirving, William
Strong, Alan E.
Hardy, John T.
LeDrew, Ellsworth F.
Hochberg, Eric J.
Stumpf, Rick P.
David, Laura T.
Title Remote sensing of coral reefs and their physical environment
Journal name Marine Pollution Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-326X
Publication date 2004-02
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2003.10.031
Volume 48
Issue 3-4
Start page 219
End page 228
Total pages 10
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract There has been a vast improvement in access to remotely sensed data in just a few recent years. This revolution of information is the result of heavy investment in new technology by governments and industry, rapid developments in computing power and storage, and easy dissemination of data over the internet. Today, remotely sensed data are available to virtually anyone with a desktop computer. Here, we review the status of one of the most popular areas of marine remote sensing research: coral reefs. Previous reviews have focused on the ability of remote sensing to map the structure and habitat composition of coral reefs, but have neglected to consider the physical environment in which reefs occur. We provide a holistic review of what can, might, and cannot be mapped using remote sensing at this time. We cover aspects of reef structure and health but also discuss the diversity of physical environmental data such as temperature, winds, solar radiation and water quality. There have been numerous recent advances in the remote sensing of reefs and we hope that this paper enhances awareness of the diverse data sources available, and helps practitioners identify realistic objectives for remote sensing in coral reef areas.
Keyword Remote sensing
Coral reefs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
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