Agrilinks, the online knowledge sharing hub on development topics related to resilience, food security and poverty reduction, is part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative. Agrilinks just featured a blog post written by Glenn Hyman (Spatial Informatics Group & SERVIR Amazonia), Kerry Anne Kansinally (Conservation International Guyana), Kene Moseley (National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute, Guyana) and Andrea Nicolau (NASA-SERVIR) entitled “Ensuring Resilience for People and Ecosystems: Guyana Advances Mangrove Monitoring with Satellite Technology.” The post describes advances in the geospatial service co-development of a new mangrove monitoring and reporting system based on satellite remote-sensing.
The new system will build on important advances in mangrove remote sensing. First, it will overcome limitations of persistent cloud cover of optical platforms by using radar sensors, a satellite technology that penetrates clouds, reaching all the way inside the forest canopy. Second, the new initiative will aim to create a low cost and sustainable system for monitoring Guyana’s mangroves each year into the future. Radar and other satellite information are increasingly available as open science data in the public domain and on cloud computing platforms for easy access.
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