mangroves

The color of water is a by product of how light is absorbed. Mangrove islands bespeckle the bay in upper Lostman's River. Photo: Paul Nelson, U.S. Geological Survey. Public domain.

How Mapping Mangrove Species Can Help With Coastal Erosion Mitigation

Mark Altaweel

Species-specific mangrove maps aid conservation by targeting protection efforts and resources against storm surges and coastal erosion.

Map and graphs showing global distribution of mangrove loss and its drivers. From the study: "(a) The longitudinal distribution of total mangrove loss and the relative contribution of its primary drivers. Different colors represent unique drivers of mangrove loss. (b) The latitudinal distribution of total mangrove loss and the relative contribution of its primary drivers. (c‐g) Global distribution of mangrove loss and associated drivers from 2000 to 2016 at 1°×1° resolution, with the relative contribution (percentage) of primary drivers per continent: (c) North America, (d) South America, (e) Africa, (f) Asia, (g) Australia together with Oceania." Source: Goldberg et el., 2020. CC BY 4.0

Mapping the Causes of Mangrove Loss

Caitlin Dempsey

A joint NASA-USGS initiative has created the first worldwide map of the causes of change in mangrove habitats between 2000 and 2016.

Red mangrove habitat, Everglades National Park. Photo: NPS

Mangrove Ecosystems’ Importance and Vulnerability to Climate Change

A.J. Rohn

Scientists in Australia have discovered that mangrove ecosystems in Queensland are dying at rates that have never been seen before.