Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing

, Volume 47, Issue 12, pp 2027–2045 | Cite as

A WebGIS-Based Study for Managing Mangroves of Godavari Wetland, Andhra Pradesh, India

  • K. JayakumarEmail author
  • V. Selvam
  • V. R. Prabavathy
Research Article


The mangroves of the Godavari are well known as the first largest mangrove wetland in the state of Andhra Pradesh and the second largest in the Eastern Coast of India. Mangroves of Godavari provide multiple benefits to local communities, but they were threatening this wetland since 1980. The objective of this work is to map and monitor the mangroves and analyze the changes over the period of 74 years and incorporate geospatial data of the study area into a WebGIS platform. This WebGIS is an exceptional and cost-effective solution that would lead a valuable decision-making process for the public, significant versatile asset which would bring the mangroves to improve operations, increase collaboration and promote tourism, research and development through the internet. Topographic maps and satellite images have been used to map mangroves wetland and developed WebGIS by using open source and incorporated geospatial information of mangroves into it. As it acts as a standards-based platform for digital analysis, data management and mapping and monitoring mangroves, resulting stakeholders to access everywhere via web browser at any time. This is an innovative technique and is attempted here for the first time to manage mangroves; it can store a massive volume of geospatial data on the server, which reduces time, manpower and expense and control duplication of data. Apart from this, it has also allowed users for visualizing, editing, manipulating, interacting and disseminating geospatial data. The result revealed that 12 geospatial data from 1938 to 2012 were made available that showed changes in mangroves extent and distribution, and also a gradual increase in mangrove covers has been noticed from 2004 onwards. It may be concluded that a WebGIS-based study on mangrove wetland is useful to manage mangroves by mangrove management authorities and to regulate the mangrove development activities and formulating new policies for the better planning and management in order to guide for the sustainable mangrove of forests.


Mangroves WebGIS Spatial datasets Anthropogenic Open source 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Remote Sensing and GeoinformaticsSathyabama Institute of Science and TechnologySholinganallur, ChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Coastal System ResearchM. S. Swaminathan Research FoundationChennaiIndia
  3. 3.MicrobiologyM. S. Swaminathan Research FoundationChennaiIndia

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