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Global Mangrove Distribution - Global Mangrove Watch

The Global Mangrove Watch (GMW) is a collaboration between Aberystwyth University (U.K.), solo Earth Observation (soloEO; Japan), Wetlands International the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The GMW aims to provide geospatial information about mangrove extent and changes to the Ramsar Convention, national wetland practitioners, decision makers and NGOs. It is part of the Ramsar Science and Technical Review Panel (STRP) work plan for 2016-2018 and a Pilot Project to the Ramsar Global Wetlands Observation System (GWOS), which is implemented under the GEO-Wetlands Initiative. The primary objective of the GMW has been to provide countries lacking a national mangrove monitoring system with first cut mangrove extent and change maps, to help safeguard against further mangrove forest loss and degradation.

The GMW has generated a global baseline map of mangroves for 2010 using ALOS PALSAR and Landsat (optical) data, and changes from this baseline for seven epochs between 1996 and 2017 derived from JERS-1, ALOS and ALOS-2. Annual maps are planned from 2018 and onwards.

Bunting P., Rosenqvist A., Lucas R., Rebelo L-M., Hilarides L., Thomas N., Hardy A.,
Itoh T., Shimada M. and Finlayson C.M. (2018). The Global Mangrove Watch – a
New 2010 Global Baseline of Mangrove Extent. Remote Sensing 10(10): 1669. doi:
Other cited references:
Thomas N, Lucas R, Bunting P, Hardy A, Rosenqvist A, Simard M. (2017).
Distribution and drivers of global mangrove forest change,

Data and Resource

Metadata for Global Mangrove Distribution - Global Mangrove Watch

Metadata for the Global Mangrove Watch dataset…

Field Value
Publisher Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
Modified 11 February 2022
Release Date 21 July 2021
Source URL…
Identifier 7e1398df-5723-4f57-914f-cb2d0f02340b
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location Worldwide
Relevant Countries Worldwide
License Public
[Open Data]
Contact Name Ake Rosenqvist
Contact Email [email protected]
POD Theme Land, Biodiversity, Coastal and Marine