Coral Reef Remote Sensing – A new book for coral reef science and management

Coral Reef Remote SensingAnnouncing publication of “Coral Reef Remote Sensing: A Guide for Mapping, Monitoring and Management”, edited by Dr. James Goodman, president of HySpeed Computing, and his colleagues Dr. Sam Purkis from Nova Southeastern University and Dr. Stuart Phinn from University of Queensland.

This ground breaking new book explains and demonstrates how satellite, airborne, ship and ground based imaging technologies, collectively referred to as “remote sensing”, are essential for understanding and managing coral reef environments around the world.

The book includes contributions from an international group of leading coral reef scientists and managers, demonstrating how remote sensing resources are now unparalleled in the types of information they produce, the level of detail provided, the area covered  and the length of the time over which they have been collected.  When used in combination with field data and knowledge of coral reef ecology and oceanography, remote sensing contributes an essential source of information for understanding, assessing and managing coral reefs around the world.

The authors have produced a book that comprehensively explains how each remote sensing data collection technology works, and more importantly how they are each used for coral reef management activities around the world.

In the words of Dr. Sylvia Earle – renowned scientist and celebrated ocean explorer:

This remarkable book, Coral Reef Remote Sensing: A Guide for Mapping, Monitoring and Management, for the first time documents the full range of remote sensing systems, methodologies and measurement capabilities essential to understanding more fully the status and changes over time of coral reefs globally. Such information is essential and provides the foundation for policy development and for implementing management strategies to protect these critically endangered ecosystems.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to scientists, students, managers, remote sensing specialists, and anyone who would like to be inspired by the ingenious new ways that have been developed and are being applied to solve one of the world’s greatest challenges: how to take care of the ocean that takes care of us.

If it had been available in 1834, Charles Darwin would surely have had a copy on his shelf.

We invite you to explore the book (including a sneak peek inside the chapters) and see how you can put the information to use on your own coral reef projects.


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