Reefs from space: Satellite imagery, marine ecology, and ethnography in the Dominican Republic
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Coral reef bleaching is an obvious indication that coastal marine ecosystems are being stressed. However, bleached reefs alone are poor indicators because they reflect the final stages of stress. This research project used multidate satellite imagery to look for coral reef changes as indicators of stress. Findings suggest that (1) satellite imagery can be used to identify small-scale changes in coastal marine ecosystems, including coral reefs; (2) remote sensing, marine ecology, and ethnographic data can be integrated to suggest potential causes of coral reef stress; and (3) changes in reef, seagrass, and mangrove ecozones are more closely tied to fishing, tourism, and land use practices than to global warming.
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- 1. Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona, 85721, Tucson, Arizona
- 2. Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, 48113, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- 3. Institute for Coastal and Marine Resources, East Carolina University, 27858, Greenville, North Carolina