Volume 69

A Low-cost Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for Mangrove Mapping and Monitoring

Raber,G, and S. Schill
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Date: November, 2016

Pages: 195 - 196

Event: Proceedings of the Sixty eigth Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: Grand Cayman

Country: Cayman Islands


Mangroves provide a variety of ecosystem services to coastal communities and are increasingly threatened throughout the Gulf and Caribbean. Mangroves protect coastal areas from ocean waves, including those produced by storms. They also help prevent erosion by stabilizing sediments with their complex root systems and maintain water quality and clarity by filtering pollutants and trapping sediments. In addition, they serve as valuable habitat for many critical species, particularly as nursery areas, providing food supplies and refuge from predators. Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) provide several unique advantages over manned aircraft survey for monitor-ing and mapping mangrove habitats. These advantages included higher spatial resolution and more frequent temporal resolution. In addition, acquisition cost, pilot training cost as well as maintenance and storage costs all contribute to a much lower cost for data collection.

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