Eastern Geographic Science Center
Description of Current Projects
Mangrove Monitoring & Carbon Assessment
Principal Investigator: Elitsa Peneva-Reed, U.S. Geological Survey, Eastern Geographic Science Center
The Science Issue and Relevance
Information generated from this project will help answer questions such as:
The study components include: 1) Remote Sensing data collection, 2) Data analysis (classification and change detection implementing VCT and LCMAP techniques) and accuracy assessment, and 3) Permanent plot establishment for aboveground biomass (AGB) and future carbon sequestration estimates. Ding Darling NWR is being used as a pilot project and methodology and lessons learned will be applied to other areas. A similar project is being carried out on the island of Pohnpei, FSM in collaboration with USFWS as well as the Micronesia Conservation Trust and the Conservation Society of Pohnpei.
Research results will be useful for managers to identify and reduce the vulnerability of mangroves (and possibly other coastal wetland types) and their carbon stocks to climate change. Mangrove biomass will be measured using species-specific allometric equations. Afterward, mangroves above ground carbon (AGC) will be obtained and carbon stock of each mangrove stand will be summed to obtain the total mangrove AGC in each sample plot. Each pixel in Landsat observations will be utilized to extrapolate the sample point biomass observations.
The products of this work are anticipated to be:
Key Words: Mangrove Monitoring, Above Ground Carbon Estimates, Remote Sensing & GIS, Species-specific allometric equations