Encyclopedia of Coastal Science

2019 Edition
| Editors: Charles W. Finkl, Christopher Makowski

Mangroves, Remote Sensing

  • Francois Blasco
  • M. Aizpuru
  • D. Din NdongoEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93806-6_205


Most research activities and published documents (at least 95%) on the biology and ecology of mangroves concern the factors influencing the productivity, the biodiversity, and the biogeographical distribution. Naturally, the biodiversity itself and the adaptive mechanisms to salinity and waterlogging constitute major fields of research. In comparison, published documents on the use of remote sensing for mangrove studies are in a minority.

In recent years, “Remote Sensing” has become a term applied to all kinds of information acquired by satellites, although in its broad sense, it refers to the gathering and analysis of images acquired by sensors and cameras located at some distance from the target of study including aircrafts, balloons, etc. (Haines-Young 1994). The main advantages of satellite over aerial photographs have often been advocated, especially by foresters, who rightly insisted that large-scale surveys are feasible through computer processing. In addition,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Laboratoire d’Écologie TerrestreUniversité Paul SabatierToulouseFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire d’Ecologie Terrestre (UMR 5552)Centre de TeledetectionToulouse Cedex 4France
  3. 3.University of DoualaDoualaCameroon