Coral Reef Remote Sensing – High technology from above and below

International Coral Reef Symposium 2012 – Cairns, Australia – Thoughts from Day 2


Draft cover: Coral Reef Remote Sensing

The second day of ICRS 2012 saw the exciting launch of an innovative book entitled “Coral Reef Remote Sensing: A guide for mapping, monitoring and management.” This groundbreaking new book explains and demonstrates how satellite and other imaging technologies, referred to collectively as “remote sensing,” are essential for understanding and managing coral reef environments around the world.

The book is produced by an international group of coral reef scientists and managers who collectively demonstrate for the first time how the unique data provided by the world’s satellite and other imaging sensors are used for the full range of science and monitoring activities required to understand and manage coral reefs. These remote sensing resources are now unparalleled in the types of information they produce, the level of detail, the area covered and the length of the time over which data has been collected.  When used in combination with field data and knowledge of coral reef ecology and oceanography, remote sensing is an essential source of information for understanding, assessing and managing coral reefs around the world.

The assembled team of authors are from research institutions, governments and non-government organizations around the world. The lead editor of the book is HySpeed Computing president, James Goodman, in collaboration with co-editors Samuel Purkis from Nova Southeastern University and Stuart Phinn from University of Queensland. The authors produced a book that comprehensively explains each remote sensing data collection technology, and more importantly how each technology is used for coral reef management activities around the world.

The book is scheduled to be available January 2013 from Springer publishing. It is accessible to a general audience as well as remote sensing specialists, resource managers, and anyone else working with coral reef ecosystems.


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