Use of Remote Sensing to Assess Estuarine Habitats

by Kenneth D. Haddad, Florida Dep of Natural Resources, Bureau of Marine Research, St., Petersburg, FL, USA,
Barbara A. Harris, Florida Dep of Natural Resources, Bureau of Marine Research, St., Petersburg, FL, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: Estuaries and lagoons are dominant features in Florida. They are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth and provide food and shelter for a large and diverse group of living resources. This includes over 70% of Florida's marine commercial and recreational finfish and shellfish which depend on the estuary during some part of their life cycle. The maintenance of estuaries in Florida is not simply an aesthetic or environmental concern; a sound economic concern also exists. One step in understanding a fishery is to map and quantify the estuarine habitat so crucial to the continued survival of many species. This information can then be used to monitor the habitat over future years to identify areas of degradation.

Subject Headings: Estuaries | Remote sensing | Ocean engineering | Lagoons | Fish management | Water-based recreation | Life cycles | Protective structures | North America | Florida | United States

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