This is Mangrove Science

Mangrove Science pulls together research from a network of forest ecologists, remote sensing scientists, hydrologists, local officials, and members of the community to understand how the landscape of mangrove forests change over time.

We have partnerships with organizations and institutions all over the world. The research highlighted on Mangrove Science represents a collection of field-campaigns, stakeholder engagements, and remote sensing data products that collectively will help build our understanding of the coastal dynamics between human development, sea-level rise, and carbon-dense ecosystems like mangroves.

Learn About Our Team

The AfriSAR Mangrove team in one of our research boats in Pongara National Park. Left to right: Suzanne Marselis/UMD, Laura Duncanson/GSFC, Lola Fatoyinbo/NASA GSFC, Marc Simard/NASA JPL. Credit: AfriSAR Campaign, Gabon, n.d.

The goal of our research and this website is to address major objectives from our research organizations and collaborators to develop a carbon Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems useful to carbon trading protocols. Our team is a diverse set of scientists who primarily work with  NASA centers like the Goddard Space Flight Center Biospheric Sciences Laboratory .

Remote Sensing Techniques and Sensors

We study coastal wetland ecosystems because of their socio-economic and ecological importance. They are experiencing ever increasing pressures such as changes in weather patterns, population growth, and sea level rise to name a few. However, these biophysical variables can be monitored through the lens of remotely sensed observations (i.e. satellite & airborne imagery), field observations, and analytical modeling. Read up on some of the tools and methods we use to do this.
Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR)
  •    TanDEM-X  – Global DEM from dual formation radar satellites
Visible and Infrared Spectroscopy
Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)

Our Projects

EcoMap – Electronic Coastal Monitoring and Assessment Program
REMaP seeks to establish an interactive, user-friendly portal that can be used by stakeholders and coastal communities to map the world’s most vulnerable regions of mangroves, identify the proximity and urgency of various loss drivers, and provide real-time alerts about local mangrove health.
African Blue Carbon – Carbon Monitoring Systems
We are working to improve mangrove forest inventories by integrating remote sensing and intensive field surveys. Through this project we have mapped the extent and change in mangrove forests, as well as their canopy height and biomass concentration for all of Gabon, Mozambique, and Tanzania
Bangladesh – SilvaCarbon
We are working with the Bangladesh Forest Department and local institutions to improve the capabilities to monitor forest change using Earth Observations. Through this project we are developing species, canopy, and biomass maps through the engagement of Bangladeshi Research Fellows
Mangroves in the Americas
Through several different projects we are improving ways to monitor and measure wetland health for South Florida and Everglades National Park.  In particular, we are examining the long-term vegetation trends, the impacts of catastrophic storms, like Hurricane Irma, and how the ecosystem recovers over time using multiple datasets, including Goddard’s Lidar, Hyperspectral, and Thermal airborne imager