A review of remote sensing for the assessment and management of tropical coastal resources

Green, E. P., Mumby, P. J., Edwards, A. J. and Clark, C. D. (1996) A review of remote sensing for the assessment and management of tropical coastal resources. Coastal Management, 24 1: 1-40. doi:10.1080/08920759609362279


Author Green, E. P.
Mumby, P. J.
Edwards, A. J.
Clark, C. D.
Title A review of remote sensing for the assessment and management of tropical coastal resources
Journal name Coastal Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0892-0753
1521-0421
Publication date 1996-01-01
Year available 1996
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/08920759609362279
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 40
Total pages 40
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Abstract This article reviews applications of remote sensing to the assessment of tropical coastal resources. These applications are discussed in the context of specific management objectives and sensors used. Remote sensing remains the only way to obtain synoptic data for large coastal areas uniformly in time and space, repeatedly and nonintrusively. Routine applications to tropical coastal management include the mapping of littoral and shallow marine habitats, change detection, bathymetry mapping, and the study of suspended sediment plumes and coastal currents. The case studies reviewed suggest that wider use of remote sensing in tropical coastal zone management is limited by (1) factors that affect data availability, such as cloud cover and sensor specification; and (2) the problems that decision makers face in selecting a remote sensing technique suitable to their project objectives. These problems arise from the difficulty in comparing the capabilities of different sensors and the limited amount of published information available on practical considerations, such as cost‐effectiveness and accuracy assessments. The latter are essential if management decisions are to be based upon the results.
Keyword Accuracy
Coastal management
Cost-effectiveness
Remote sensing
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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