The first global map of tropical shallow water has been created through joint effort of NASA and NOAA. Nearly 44,000 SeaWiFS (Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor) scenes collected over five years were processed to 1 sq.km cells by NASA Space Flight Center using algorithms developed by NOAA for water shallower than 20-30 meters. NOAA is working with the UNEP World Consdervation Monitoring Centre to use this data set to improve the database of coral reef locations used in ReefBase.
by Karimi, Roxanne, Environmental Health News / SAMUDRA News Alert
14 November 2011
Keeping the status quo and delaying management decisions as ocean fish populations flux with climate can lead to unsustainable fisheries as well as lost opportunities to harvest the fish that are flourishing, according to a study published in the journal Ecological Applications.