Long-term analysis of Zostera noltei: A retrospective approach for understanding seagrasses' dynamics

Abstract: Long-term studies are necessary to establish trends and to understand seagrasses' spatial and temporal dynamic. Nevertheless, this type of research is scarce, as the required databases are often unavailable. The objectives of this study are to create a method for mapping the seagrass Zostera noltei using remote sensing techniques, and to apply it to the characterization of the meadows' extension trend and the potential drivers of change. A time series was created using a novel method based on remote sensing techniques that proved to be adequate for mapping the seagrass in the emerged intertidal. The meadows seem to have a decreasing trend between 1984 and the early 2000s, followed by an increasing tendency that represents a recovery in the extension area of the species. This 30-year analysis demonstrated the Z. noltei's recovery in the study site, similar to that in other estuaries nearby and contrary to the worldwide decreasing behavior of seagrasses.

 Fuente: Marine Environmental Research Volume 130, September 2017, Pages 93-105

Editorial: Elsevier Ltd

 Fecha de publicación: 01/09/2017

Nº de páginas: 13

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.07.017

ISSN: 0141-1136,1879-0291

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.07.017