Monitoring coastal impacts of global warming: A Dominican Republic case study

Richard W. Stoffle, David B. Halmo, Thomas W. Wagner, Joseph J. Luczkovich, Raymond Laurin

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Processes associated with global warming will have no greater impact than those on the worlds' coastal zones - rising sea levels, increasing aridity, more frequent storms and hurricanes, coral reef destruction and loss of fisheries. Any one of these may dramatically affect the lives of those who live along the coasts and make their living from the sea. This project combined several remote sensing technologies with in-field biological, ethnographic and meteorological research. Satellite data were used to map the land use and water depths (bathymetry) of this environment, identify areas of coral reef `bleaching' and damaged fishing habitats. It used aerial photography, Global Positioning System (GPS) data, and a portable sonar device. The project provides evidence that concerning the probable causes of coastal change, derived from remote sensing, biological, and ethnographic data, can result in decisions that protect that environment and the livelihoods of the people who depend on it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)845-853
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue numberpt 2
StatePublished - 1992
EventProceedings of the 1st Thematic Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: Jun 15 1992Jun 17 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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