[Coral-List] Fw: Aerial photos of Praslin Island, Seychelles

Klaas Pauly Klaas.Pauly at ugent.be
Thu May 31 12:02:37 EDT 2007

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Klaas Pauly" <Klaas.Pauly at ugent.be>
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 5:45 PM
Subject: Re: [ALGAE-L] Aerial photos of Praslin Island, Seychelles

> Google Earth is a good friend when it comes to previewing a site and 
> getting a general impression, or even for planning ground truthing field 
> work, but it is absolutely useless when it comes to mapping - first of all 
> you have no spectral information whatsoever, and more importantly, the 
> coordinates are far from reliable.
> I wonder what kind of mapping study you would like to do. If you aim only 
> at swimming transects with a gps and then delineating habitats on an 
> aerial picture, google earth pictures might even do, as long as you 
> georeference them yourself.
> However, if you would like to do satellite of airborne mapping based on 
> supervised classification, there is no simple answer to your questions. 
> Recent satellite or airborne imagery (on request) is always very 
> expensive; airborne even more than spaceborne, but you also need to 
> consider the spatial resolution you want to work at in taking a decision.
> If moderate resolutions are fine (30m), a good starting point is the free 
> database of Landsat ETM imagery at 
> http://glcf.umiacs.umd.edu/data/landsat/. You might want to search the FTP 
> server; Praslin is located in paths 155 and 156, row 63 in the WRS-2 
> system. Again, the provided georeference is unreliable, but with a bit of 
> fieldwork you can directly geocode them to your own ground control points. 
> You can perform an unsupervised or even supervised classification (if you 
> already got recent, detailed and georeferenced ground information) on 
> these images in order to see if it suits your needs. However, these 
> archived images will likely be quite old.
> If you want to request new acquisitions, you might consider the 
> CHRIS/PROBA sensor (18 spectral bands at about 18m resolution); if your 
> project proposal gets accepted by ESA, they'll provide you imagery for 
> free for scientific research. This is because the sensor is experimental, 
> and although not free of flaws, the datasets have proven to be very useful 
> in coastal mapping studies.
> More spatially detailed imagery (about 2m) can be obtained by IKONOS or 
> QUICKBIRD, but those provide only three spectral bands. More spectral 
> bands (hyperspectral datasets) on even higher spatial resolution (10s of 
> cm) can be obtained by the airborne CASI sensor, but these acquisitions 
> are very, very expensive.
> A methodically very good, although technically out-dated book is "Remote 
> Sensing Handbook for Tropical Coastal Management", published by UNESCO. 
> Decent and free (if you wait for another month) remote sensing software 
> can be obtained at http://www.itc.nl/ilwis/.
> All the best,
> Klaas
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Emanuel Mendonca" <emanuel.mendonca at GMAIL.COM>
> Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 5:02 PM
> Subject: Re: [ALGAE-L] Aerial photos of Praslin Island, Seychelles
> Google Earth is your friend!
> http://earth.google.com/
> :)
> 2007/5/31, Adrien Cheminee <adriencheminee at yahoo.ca>:
>> Hi everyone,
>> In order to undertake field work for marine biological monitoring at 
>> Praslin
>> Island, Seychelles, I am looking for aerial or satellite photographs of 
>> the
>> north coast of Praslin. I would be very grateful for any photos or advice 
>> in
>> order to gather them. I am more precisely interested in photos of the 
>> coast
>> near Anse Takamaka and also Anse Volbert. Field work will aim at mapping
>> main nearshore bentic habitats, more particularly seagrass beds and 
>> corals.
>> I am consequently looking for photos with good resolution that could be 
>> used
>> for preliminary photo interpretation and mapping.
>> Thanks in advance for any help,
>> Best regards,Adrien CHEMINEE
>> Adrien CHEMINÉE
>> Chargé d'étude en biologie marine
>> mel : adriencheminee at yahoo.ca
>> adresse : 10 rue Pastoret 13006 Marseille, France
>> tel: (+33) 6 81 73 95 19
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