Delineating Biophysical Environments of the Sunda Banda Seascape, Indonesia
AbstractThe Sunda Banda Seascape (SBS), located in the center of the Coral Triangle, is a global center of marine biodiversity and a conservation priority. We proposed the first biophysical environmental delineation of the SBS using globally available satellite remote sensing and model-assimilated data to categorize this area into unique and meaningful biophysical classes. Specifically, the SBS was partitioned into eight biophysical classes characterized by similar sea surface temperature, chlorophyll a concentration, currents, and salinity patterns. Areas within each class were expected to have similar habitat types and ecosystem functions. Our work supplemented prevailing global marine management schemes by focusing in on a regional scale with finer spatial resolution. It also provided a baseline for academic research, ecological assessments and will facilitate marine spatial planning and conservation activities in the area. In addition, the framework and methods of delineating biophysical environments we presented can be expanded throughout the whole Coral Triangle to support research and conservation activities in this important region. View Full-Text
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Wang, M.; Ahmadia, G.N.; Chollett, I.; Huang, C.; Fox, H.; Wijonarno, A.; Madden, M. Delineating Biophysical Environments of the Sunda Banda Seascape, Indonesia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 1069-1082.
Wang M, Ahmadia GN, Chollett I, Huang C, Fox H, Wijonarno A, Madden M. Delineating Biophysical Environments of the Sunda Banda Seascape, Indonesia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2015; 12(2):1069-1082.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wang, Mingshu; Ahmadia, Gabby N.; Chollett, Iliana; Huang, Charles; Fox, Helen; Wijonarno, Anton; Madden, Marguerite. 2015. "Delineating Biophysical Environments of the Sunda Banda Seascape, Indonesia." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 12, no. 2: 1069-1082.