An intensive in situ sampling program near Marco Island, Florida during 19–23 October 1988 collected information on mangrove type, maximum canopy height, and percent canopy closure. These data were correlated with selected vegetation index information derived from analysis of SPOT multispectral (XS) data obtained on 21 October 1988. The Normalized Difference (ND) vegetation index information was the most highly correlated index with percent canopy closure (r=0.91). Percent canopy closure information can be used as a surrogate for mangrove density which is of great value when predicting which parts of the mangrove ecosystem are at greatest risk after an oil spill occurs. Such information is very valuable when constructing oil spill Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Maps for tropical regions of the world.
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||The measurement of mangrove characteristics in southwest Florida using spot multispectral data|
|Series title||Geocarto International|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Contributing office(s)||National Wetlands Research Center, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center|
|Other Geospatial||Cape Romano Ten Thousand Islands Aquatic Preserve, Kice Island, Marco Island, Rookery Bay Aquatic Preserve|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|