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Mapping Pure Mangrove Patches in Small Corridors and Sandbanks Using Airborne Hyperspectral Imagery

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Global Earth Observation and Data Analysis Centre, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan
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Department of Earth Sciences, National Cheng Kung University, No 1, Ta-Hsueh Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan
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Endemic Species Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, Chi-Chi, Nantou 55244, Taiwan
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Remote Sens. 2019, 11(5), 592; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11050592
Received: 25 January 2019 / Revised: 5 March 2019 / Accepted: 7 March 2019 / Published: 12 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Remote Sensing of Mangroves)
Taijiang National Park (TNP) of Taiwan is the northernmost geographical position of mangrove habitats in the Northern Hemisphere. Instead of occupying a vast region with a single species, the mangroves in TNP are usually mingled with other plants in a narrow corridor along the water or in groups on a small sandbank. The multi-spectral images acquired from the spaceborne platforms are therefore limited in mapping the abundance and distribution of the mangrove species in TNP. We report the work of mapping pure mangrove patches in small corridors and sandbanks in TNP using airborne Compact Airborne Spectrographic Imager (CASI) hyperspectral imagery. Bu considering the similarity of spectral reflectance among three species of mangrove and other plants, we followed the concept of supervised classification to select a few training areas with known mangrove trees, where the training areas are determined from the detailed map of mangrove distribution derived from the field investigation. The Hourglass hyperspectral analysis technique was employed to identify the endmembers of pure mangrove in the training areas. The results are consistent with the current distribution of mangrove trees, and the remarkable feature of a “mangrove desert” highlights a fact that biodiversity can be easily and quickly destroyed if no protection is provided. Some remnant patches located by this research are very important to the management of mangrove trees. View Full-Text
Keywords: mangrove; hyperspectral imagery; CASI; atmospheric correction; spectral reflectance; endmember; Taijiang National Park mangrove; hyperspectral imagery; CASI; atmospheric correction; spectral reflectance; endmember; Taijiang National Park
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Liu, C.-C.; Hsu, T.-W.; Wen, H.-L.; Wang, K.-H. Mapping Pure Mangrove Patches in Small Corridors and Sandbanks Using Airborne Hyperspectral Imagery. Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 592.

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