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Mapping and Monitoring of Ecosystems at Scale with Copernicus Sentinel- 2 Imagery

Description

The effective management of marine resources is important to maintaining a healthy ocean, but in developing countries, the management of marine resources presents many challenges. In Sabah, Malaysia, which is part of the Coral Triangle, diverse marine ecosystems are at risk from multiple threats –tourism development and visitor pressures, unsustainable fishing methods, and external threats arising from climate change.  

DHI’s teams in Malaysia and Denmark are using remote sensing to map and monitor Mangrove, Coral, and Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (MCSAV) through their web-based interactive technology platform – MCSAV. The platform has earlier been applied in high-latitude regions, recently to map vegetation in shallow marine areas of the Swedish coast. Using this technology approach, DHI now aims to provide access to earth observation-based maps to developing countries in the tropics, starting with this pilot in Malaysia. This aims to address the information gap and improve the planning, management, and monitoring of coastal and marine ecosystems including two marine parks in Sabah, to reduce threats to these ecosystems restore biodiversity and reefs, and promote the blue economy. 

 

IMPLEMENTATION STATUS: as of the Year 2023

 

Details
Mapping and Monitoring of Ecosystems at Scale with Copernicus Sentinel- 2 Imagery - a tropical system application 
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  • Innovator DHI Water & Environment (M) Sdn. Bhd.
  • OIC Financing
    240,978
  • Beneficiary Malaysia
  • Category
    Private Sector
  • Focal Point
    Malinda Auluck
  • Limestone Cave, Malaysia Ocean Image Bank Photo by Tracey Jennings
    Limestone Cave, Malaysia Ocean Image Bank Photo by Tracey Jennings
  • Diver carrying out coral reef monitoring amongst coral rubble at Timba-Timba Island in Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia (DHI)
    Diver carrying out coral reef monitoring amongst coral rubble at Timba-Timba Island in Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia (DHI)
  • Epiphytes covering seagrass blades at Ligitan Islang in Semporna, Sabah Malaysia (DHI)
    Epiphytes covering seagrass blades at Ligitan Islang in Semporna, Sabah Malaysia (DHI)