The Shoreline Video Assessment Method (S-VAM): using dynamic hyperlapse image acquisition to evaluate shoreline mangrove forest structure, values, degradation and threats

Mackenzie, Jock R., Duke, Norman C., and Wood, Apanie L. (2016) The Shoreline Video Assessment Method (S-VAM): using dynamic hyperlapse image acquisition to evaluate shoreline mangrove forest structure, values, degradation and threats. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 109 (2). pp. 751-763.

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Abstract

Climate change with human direct pressures represent significant threats to the resilience of shoreline habitats like mangroves. A rapid, whole-of-system assessment strategy is needed to evaluate such threats, better linking innovative remote sensing with essential on-ground evaluations. Using the Shoreline Video Assessment Method, we surveyed around 190 km of the mostly mangrove-fringed (78%) coastline of Kien Giang Province, Vietnam. The aim was to identify anthropogenic drivers of degradation, establishing baseline for specific rehabilitation and protection strategies. Fish traps occupy at least 87% of shoreline mangroves, around which there were abundant human activities – like fishing, crabbing, farming, plus collecting firewood and foliage. Such livelihoods were associated with remnant, fringing mangrove that were largely degraded and threatened by erosion retreat, herbivory, and excessive cutting. Our assessment quantified associated threats to shoreline stability, along with previous rehabilitation intervention measures. The method offers key opportunities for effective conservation and management of vulnerable shoreline habitats.

Item ID: 44723
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Shoreline Video Assessment Method (S-VAM), hyperlapse, condition, management, mangroves, Vietnam
ISSN: 1879-3363
Funders: GIZ, AusAid, University of Queensland
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2016 22:35
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 40%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring @ 30%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960307 Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences @ 30%
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