Belize GIS Database

Belize GIS Database

Monitoring coral reefs in Belize using remote sensing was a five-month Earth Observation (EO) demonstration carried out by the Marine Spatial Ecology Laboratory at the University of Exeter (UK) within the framework of the European Space Agency Earth Observation Market Development programme, in support of the World Bank, which was interested in ascertaining the potential of EO data for monitoring the health of, and stressors acting upon, coral reefs off the coast of Belize. The project provides state-of-the-art EO based information tools with a solid scientific base that might support environmental monitoring and the management of coral reefs in the area.

The objectives of this project are threefold:

1. To review how state-of-the-art remote sensing capabilities can help support the monitoring of coral reefs, assess their health and quantify possible stress, and provide recommendations for the development of a robust early warning system of stress in reef areas.
2. To deliver high-resolution maps of sea-state parameters that can help reef managers to quantify possible stress on Belize’s reefs, making maximum use of existing data sets and ESA projects.
3. To deliver reef habitat maps for selected locations based on appropriate EO data from various missions in combination with ancillary data.

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