This NOAA Coral Reef Watch report is designed to assist the Coral Reef Conservation Program (Coral Program) in identifying satellite remote sensing opportunities and planning for the application of these technologies to coral reef management. The report highlights product development areas using NOAA satellite remote sensing and analyzes their applicability to the Coral Program National and International Goals & Objectives for coral reef management and the U.S. jurisdictional coral reef management priorities. It also highlights remote sensing product development areas that best correlate with needs identified in these documents and that can best inform coral reef resource management in the next few years. The report concludes with a set of recommendations for product development areas the Coral Program should pursue. Appendices further describe each of these remote sensing product development areas using information gained from structured interviews with NOAA remote sensing scientists. Targeting development of these high priority remote sensing products will significantly contribute to addressing the Coral Program’s three top threats to coral reef ecosystems: impacts of Climate Change, Fishing, and Land-based Sources of Pollution (LBSP).
Citation: Lucas, EY, Strong AE (2013) Product Development Plan for the Next Generation of Satellite Remote Sensing Products for NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Activities, NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 142. NOAA/NESDIS. Silver Spring, MD. 69pp.
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