Dataset: Field surveys and maps of mangrove habitat change at Rookery Bay, Florida

Data Resource
February 2020
Habitat map of mangrove, marsh and vegetative change derived from WorldView-2 and Landsat-8 satellite imagery for Rookery Bay, Florida 2010-2018

About this resource

Mangroves and other habitats in Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve have been changing as a result of chronic stressors and severe hurricanes in recent years. These maps reveal the location, timing, and extent of changes to mapped habitats with an emphasis on mangrove forests. Habitat maps were created using WorldView-2 and Landsat-8 satellite imagery from 2010-2018, using habitat classification algorithmns and field surveys to validate results.

This data was generated as part of a collaborative project that tested a new automated habitat mapping technique at the Rookery Bay Reserve. A sample of the maps produced are available as PDF, Rookery Bay Habitat Maps, and are explained in this story map, Using Satellite Imagery and Supercomputers to Map Habitats.

Accessing the data:

The project dataset description outlines the study area and timeframe, habitat types mapped, field and computational techniques, and data file formats. Two related datasets were created by this project and are available through distinct mechanisms:

  1. Habitat maps derived from satellite images at Rookery Bay.  These files are publically available for download from DataOne: https://search.dataone.org/view/10.24431/rw1k43j

  2. Habitat field surveys at Rookery Bay. Field notes and GPS points that were used to develop habitat maps have been archived by the Rookery Bay Reserve and can be requested by contacting:  Brita Jessen, Research Coordinator, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve,  Email: Brita.Jessen@dep.state.fl.us, Phone: 239-530-5964.

Citation: 

Matthew McCarthy. Habitat map of mangrove, marsh and vegetative change derived from WorldView-2 and Landsat-8 satellite imagery for Rookery Bay, Florida 2010-2018. https://doi.org/10.24431/rw1k43j.

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