This application shows geographic information about mangroves in the Chiapas coast in three categories: Forest cover and land use, deforestation degradation of ecosystems, woody biomass and forest carbon.
It supports the mangrove conservation work of Pronatura Sur.
The coast of Chiapas-Oaxaca presents a high diversity of ecosystems that co-exist with different productive uses.
Mangroves are home to an important biological wealth and provide a wide range of resources and environmental services. For example, they store and recycle dissolved nutrients, pesticides, pollutants and organic matter; additionally, the carbon storage capacity makes it a priority ecosystem to mitigate global climate change.
This application presents information of vegetation and land use in different historical series (Gutierrez-Granados et al., 2014, Hansen et al., 2013, VTT year), as well as carbon densities associated thereto (Rodriguez.Veiga et al., 2015, Cartus et al., 2014).
In addition, the type of mangrove (Lugo and Sneaker 1976) and the carbon content of mangrove ecosystem (Bejarano et al., 2015) is presented. This information is valuable because it is the first information regionally to Mexico. For more information see: http://www.pronatura-sur.org/web/p.php?id=2&ids=26.
This application was produced with support from the UK Space Agency as part of a collaborative project with Ecometrica under the International Partnerships Space Programme (IPSP). The project aimed to advance the application of EO in forests in Mexico and Brazil, and this specific application was developed to support the conservation work of Mexican NGO Pronatura Sur.
The application is hosted on the ECOSUR EO Lab. The EO Lab is a geospatial content sharing platform which enables businesses, governments and research institutes to develop and manage their own spatial applications.