Mangroves are a very valuable and understudied plant species. They provide $100,000 per hectare per year in services that are critical to the overall health of coastal ecosystems. Mangroves act as fishery habitats, they sequester carbon, filter runoff, and protect coastlines from hurricanes.
We are collaborating with the Aburto Lab and the Gulf of California Marine Program at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to use drone and satellite imagery to quantify mangrove species and extent in Baja California.
During the summer of 2017, we traveled to Baja California with our SIO collaborators to capture drone imagery and ground truth data on the mangroves, and are currently exploring machine learning techniques to automate analysis of these data.