Clark Labs to research coastal habitats at risk for shrimp farm conversion...

Clark Labs to research coastal habitats at risk for shrimp farm conversion in Southeast Asia

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US: Clark Labs has received a grant of $456,738 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to create a baseline map of coastal habitats and the distribution of shrimp mariculture in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The analysis is based on a digital classification of LANDSAT 8 remotely sensed imagery and will also provide the basis for the evaluation of coastal habitats at risk for future conversion to shrimp farming.

The project will require the classification of 34 LANDSAT 8 images. “LANDSAT 8 provides us with a nice combination of cost effectiveness, synoptic coverage, spectral resolution and the ability to pan sharpen the critical bands needed for water penetration,” said Dr Ronald Eastman, Principal Investigator and Director of Clark Labs. “This, in combination with the wide range of soft and hard image classification routines in the IDRISI system, gives us the opportunity to develop a protocol specially tailored to the needs of the project.”

The grant was awarded in October 2013, and is valid for a term of 19 months. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has previously awarded four grants worth $1,796,228 (June 2011), $451,000 (May 2010), and $644,395 (June 2006) to Clark University, Clark Labs for various research projects.

Source: Clark Labs