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A mapping and monitoring assessment of the Philippines' mangrove forests from 1990 to 2010

June 19, 2014

Information on the present condition and spatiotemporal dynamics of mangrove forests is needed for land-change studies and integrated natural resources planning and management. Although several national mangrove estimates for the Philippines exist, information is unavailable at sufficient spatial and thematic detail for change analysis. Historical and contemporary mangrove distribution maps of the Philippines for 1990 and 2010 were prepared at nominal 30-m spatial resolution using Landsat satellite data. Image classification was performed using a supervised decision tree classification approach. Additionally, decadal land-cover change maps from 1990 to 2010 were prepared to depict changes in mangrove area. Total mangrove area decreased 10.5% from 1990 to 2010. Comparison of estimates produced from this study with selected historical mangrove area estimates revealed that total mangrove area decreased by approximately half (51.8%) from 1918 to 2010. This study provides the most current and reliable data regarding the Philippines mangrove area and spatial distribution and delineates where and when mangrove change has occurred in recent decades. The results from this study are useful for developing conservation strategies, biodiversity loss mitigation efforts, and future monitoring and analysis.

Publication Year 2014
Title A mapping and monitoring assessment of the Philippines' mangrove forests from 1990 to 2010
DOI 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-13-00057.1
Authors Jordan Long, Darrell Napton, Chandra Giri, Jordan Graesser
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Coastal Research
Index ID 70187705
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center