EPA is testing a new method to use satellite remote sensing imagery for mapping eelgrass in Niantic Bay and two other Atlantic seaboard sites this summer. Read about it below:
• Eelgrass, a submerged aquatic vegetation, is an important habitat to protect and restore in coastal New England.
• Currently, EPA must rely on dive surveys to generate seagrass data–combining satellite imagery could provide a more cost effective alternative.
• Generate sufficient information to understand the loss of eelgrass habitat from detrimental impacts and the benefits of nutrient management efforts.
• Provide a consistent, cost effective alternative for local, state, and federal government resource managers to gather seagrass abundance data and manage this valuable resource.
• Advance protection of human health and the natural environment in New England.
See gallery of photos that have been taken on the eastern Seaboard by EPA scientists. The photo of the diver was taken by Chuck Protzmann and the rest of the underwater photos were taken by Phil Colarusso.
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