Mangrove removal in Belize

I attended a workshop on mapping tools hosted by Google in Sydney as part of the World Parks Congress this week.

They introduced me to Google Earth Engine, which hosts more than 3.6 million images from 40 years of Landsat data (which can be downloaded for free). I found it a useful tool for observing coastal change in different areas of the world.

In the spirit of the World Parks Congress, here is a time lapse showing yearly Landsat satellite images from 1984 to 2012 of the Belize coastline. The Belize Barrier Reef system was put on the list of World Heritage in Danger in 2009 due to excessive mangrove removal associated with coastal development.

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Great Barrier Reef reports

Two recent reports on the health of the Great Barrier Reef have outlined the pressure it is under due to climate change and other anthropogenic influences. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s five-yearly outlook report found that the reef’s overall health is poor, and getting worse. But federal environment minister Greg Hunt said he is confident the reef…

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Maps exert power

The internal power of maps is realised in the actions taken by cartographers themselves when making maps, while the external power of maps is both realised by the patrons of cartography and wielded through the use of cartographic products as agents for natural resource management

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Parenting and conservation

Becoming a parent has made me feel more keenly the need to protect our marine environment. My custodianship grew in ways that I hadn’t anticipated. I was reminded of this Tim Winton quote as Henry had his first splash in the shallows at Lady Elliot Island earlier this year. “This summer just gone I took…