Delineating biophysical environments of the Sunda Banda Seascape, Indonesia

Wang, M. , Ahmadia, G. N., Chollett, I., Huang, C., Fox, H., Wijonarno, A. and Madden, M. (2015) Delineating biophysical environments of the Sunda Banda Seascape, Indonesia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(2), pp. 1069-1082. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph120201069) (PMID:25648170) (PMCID:PMC4344655)

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Abstract

The Sunda Banda Seascape (SBS), located in the center of the Coral Triangle, is a global center of marine biodiversity and a conservation priority. We proposed the first biophysical environmental delineation of the SBS using globally available satellite remote sensing and model-assimilated data to categorize this area into unique and meaningful biophysical classes. Specifically, the SBS was partitioned into eight biophysical classes characterized by similar sea surface temperature, chlorophyll a concentration, currents, and salinity patterns. Areas within each class were expected to have similar habitat types and ecosystem functions. Our work supplemented prevailing global marine management schemes by focusing in on a regional scale with finer spatial resolution. It also provided a baseline for academic research, ecological assessments and will facilitate marine spatial planning and conservation activities in the area. In addition, the framework and methods of delineating biophysical environments we presented can be expanded throughout the whole Coral Triangle to support research and conservation activities in this important region.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wang, Dr Mingshu
Authors: Wang, M., Ahmadia, G. N., Chollett, I., Huang, C., Fox, H., Wijonarno, A., and Madden, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1660-4601
ISSN (Online):1660-4601
Published Online:22 January 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 12(2): 1069-1082
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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