Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2019: Using Advanced Mapping to Measure Changes in Mangrove and Seagrass Habitat over Time - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Using Advanced Mapping to Measure Changes in Mangrove and Seagrass Habitat over Time - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Planned

In this project, staff from Rookery Bay Reserve are partnering with researchers at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science to study the degradation of underwater habitats and coastal wetlands. Using commercial satellite images from ultra-highresolution cameras in space, laser topography maps collected from specialized aircraft (LIDAR data), and advanced high-speed computation, the team is updating existing habitat maps for the 110,000-acre reserve and creating new habitat maps. These maps will allow reserve staff to quantify changes to mangrove and seagrass habitats over the past decade and will guide reserve management priorities and future research on the causes of the decline.


In recent years, seagrass and mangrove deaths have accelerated in the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and other parts of southern Florida. Sea level rise, climate change, and severe weather (such as hurricanes) place significant stress on these habitats, which are already under pressure from urban development, road construction, boating, and pollution. The loss of these habitats poses a threat to the local economy, as they support the tourism and fishing industries, which drive economic development in local communities. In order to mitigate and reverse the damage to these habitats, Rookery Bay reserve staff are looking for new ways to measure which pressure has the most impact and determine the location and extent of damages.

Supplemental Information:

Project Leads

Frank Muller-Karger

University of South Florida

(727) 553-3335

Matt McCarthy

University of South Florida

Brita Jessen

Rookery Bay National Estuarine

Research Reserve

Project Type

Catalyst – Targeted investment for

advancing collaborative science

Project Partners

• Rookery Bay National Estuarine

Research Reserve

• University of South Florida


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems > Estuary

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Florida
None Rookery Bay NERR, FL

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Distribution Liability:

The distributor does not assume liability.

Support Roles

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 795623
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:


CC ID: 795624
Date Effective From: 2018-09
Date Effective To: 2019-08
Contact (Person): Muller-Karger, Frank
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 795621
W° Bound: -81.78
E° Bound: -81.455
N° Bound: 26.1
S° Bound: 25.8

Rookery Bay, FL NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 795620
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2018-09-01
End: 2019-08-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS/NSC data. The NERRS/NSC retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of the data are used. The data enclosed within this package/transmission are only as accurate as the quality assurance and quality control procedures that are described in the associated metadata reporting statement allow. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data. Requested citation format: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative(NSC).



CC ID: 795626
URL Type:
Online Resource

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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 54589
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2018-11-01 11:34+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-11-26 17:27+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-11-26
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-11-26