Coastal wetlands perform essential ecological functions such as carbon sequestration. However, wetlands are vulnerable to human activities and climate change, and mapping key properties of coastal wetland vegetation accurately and repeatedly is still a challenging task. The objective of this PhD work is to explore the physical mechanisms controlling reflectance spectra of coastal wetland vegetation (mangroves, saltmarsh and seagrass) and then develop methods to extract essential wetland information from multi-spectral remote sensing images. The roles of simulated spectra and spatial features on improving mapping accuracy will be explored and evaluated. The outputs of this project are expected to provide useful information for wetland scientists and managers.

Funding: Research Training Program (RTP)
Advisors: Prof Stuart Phinn, Dr Chris Roelfsema

Project members

Chunyue Niu

Chunyue NIU

PhD candidate