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Protecting Coral Ecosystems from Land-Based Pollution


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Coral ecosystems, both fragile and high in biological diversity, are impacted negatively by pollutant runoff from land. It has been difficult to make a direct connection between the long-term runoff of pollutants from a coastal watershed with coral ecosystem decline at the watershed base. This book details whether Landsat satellite imagery can be used to demonstrate and to quantify this connection. Landsat images of the U.S.Virgin Islands were processed and analyzed to quantify changes in terrestrial and coral habitats for the 1985-2001 period. The analysis indicated a definitive shift from live, healthy coral to dead, algae-covered coral in watersheds where forests had been converted to developed land. This analysis should help environmental groups and policy makers desirous of implementing land use regulations that protect coral habitats from land-based pollution. The study may also be of use to researchers interested in finding a cost-effective way to identify watersheds that require a more detailed analysis or to coastal managers interested in determining which coral ecosystems should be prioritized for protective measures.

Product Specifications
SKU :COC83053
AuthorSapna Batish
Number of Pages180
Publishing Year2011-05-25T00:00:00.000
Edition1 st
Book TypeEnvironmental science, engineering & technology
Country of ManufactureIndia
Product BrandVDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Product Packaging InfoBox
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Product First Available On ClickOnCare.com2015-10-08 00:00:00
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