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Remote Sensing of Wetland Types: Mangroves

  • Richard LucasEmail author
  • Lola FatoyinboEmail author
  • Marc SimardEmail author
  • Lisa-Maria RebeloEmail author
Reference work entry


Mangroves are characteristics of coastlines and occur primarily in the tropics and subtropical but extend to temperate regions. Remote sensing radar and optical and lidar data can be used to provide information on mangrove extent and also biophysical characteristics. Optical data are the most useful for differentiating species type, while radar and lidar data can be used, either singularly or in combination, to retrieve the three-dimensional structure (canopy height profiles, cover, and stem number density). Data from these sensors also provide information on changes in extent and biophysical properties, which can be applied at local to global levels. Lower frequency L-band radar data are particularly useful given their ability to operate regardless of weather and illumination conditions and significant efforts are being made to map the changing extent of mangroves at a global level using these data. Examples of capability are provided for Brazil, Australia, and South America.


Mangroves Radar remote sensing Optical remote sensing Lidar data 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Ecosystem Sciences (CES), School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES)University of New South Wales (UNSW)KensingtonAustralia
  2. 2.Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, Code 618NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  3. 3.Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASAPasadenaUSA
  4. 4.Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the MekongInternational Water Management InstituteVientianeLaos

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