Satellite based solutions to map and monitor the distribution of underwater vegetation dynamics in shallow water areas provides a cost-effective and efficient tool for consistent synoptic monitoring of large areas.
Delivering key insight on vegetation status and trends, satellite data provides a critical tool, enabling management authorities and decision-makers in making more effective decisions towards protecting and managing marine environments and resources.
Using high-resolution satellite data, novel machine learning techniques and advanced data processing, we have created the first-ever national overview of the spatial distribution of shallow-water submerged aquatic vegetation in Denmark.
The national map of submerged aquatic vegetation provides an important baseline on the current status of vegetation density in Danish territorial waters. Future efforts will aim to advance the baseline by making continuous assessments on year to year and intra annual variations in vegetation cover at national level.
With an established methodology and a scalable approach in place, satellite data can now be turned in to actionable data and information about the condition and status of submerged aquatic vegetation in shallow water areas, in any part of the world.
Thanks to the VELUX FOUNDATION for their generous grant, which has allowed us to reach this significant milestone.
Visit http://satlas.dk/marine-vegetation/ or click the button below to see the vegetation density map and learn more about satellite-derived aquatic vegetation mapping.