The Global Mangrove Watch is an international project, which was initiated in 2011, as part of JAXA’s Kyoto and Carbon (K&C) Initiative and aims to:
Generate revised baseline maps of mangrove extent in the tropics and subtropics for 2010 and 2015.
Map changes relative to existing pan-tropical and subtropical mangrove baseline data sets using mid-1990’s JERS-1 SAR data and ALOS PALSAR data acquired in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The primary baseline dataset is that generated by the USGS using Landsat sensor data for the (nominal) year 2000.
Undertake routine monitoring of mangroves post-2013 using ALOS-2 data.
Map associated changes in the structure (e.g., canopy height) and biomass of mangroves, as quantified using Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM) and ICESAT GLAS data.
Provide validation of the products through reference to field and other remote sensing acquisitions for key sites worldwide.
Describe and understand the causes and consequences of change, whether natural or anthropogenic.
Contribute to the Ramsar Global Wetlands Observing System (GWOS).