Quantifying Recent Trends in Seagrass Cover and Biomass in a Stressed Environment, Pulau Semakau, Singapore
Bramante, James F.
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Globally, seagrass habitats have experienced sharp declines over the past century, with an annual loss of seagrass cover of 7%yr-1 since 1990. Despite the attention to seagrass this decline has brought, little research has been directed towards trends of seagrass habitats in Singapore. The research presented here developed and applied remote sensing methods to partially fill this gap, provide tools for more extensive monitoring in the future, and contribute to the global body of seagrass research. Satellite images from four different satellite sensors were used to estimate seagrass bed extent in Singapore’s second largest seagrass meadow, at Pulau Semakau, from 2001 to 2013. Statistical estimates of image signal-to-noise ratios were used to screen images for quality. Validation data collected in 2013 were used to estimate error for supervised classifications produced from each sensor. A novel method was explored to account for macroalgae blooms in the study area, but the resulting corr.....
UniversityNational University of Singapore