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Darwin Plus 081 Project – Using earth observation to map terrestrial habitats of the Turks and Caicos Islands 2020

Terrestrial Earth Observation JNCC Publications Overseas Territories Habitat classification Habitat extent Living Maps Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) Normalised Difference Wetness Index (NDWI) Pleiades data Satellite data Sentinel-2 Terrestrial habitat mapping Terrestrial habitats Worldview data 0963-8091 Earth Observation Habitats JNCC report series 664 Turks and Caicos Islands

Abstract

This report outlines the process of generating a ‘living’ terrestrial habitat map for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), which will be used to support conservation monitoring and provide firm evidence for policy development and planning. The diverse habitats of the Turks and Caicos Islands support many rare, threatened and endemic species, but are at risk from the impacts of development and climate change. The ‘living maps’ concept (different to the Living Maps Method), allows for the habitat map to be refined using ecological knowledge over time, so that misclassifications can be corrected, and any changes to the landscape recorded. The most recent version of the map will be available at the TCI Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR).

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2020·07·24

Citation
Jones, G. & Lightfoot, P. 2020. Darwin Plus 081 Project – Mapping Terrestrial Habitats of the Turks and Caicos Islands. JNCC Report No. 664, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

Lineage
This research was carried out with support from the Darwin Initiative.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·07·28

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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