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New research article - Distribution and drivers of global mangrove forest change, 1996–2010

16 June, 2017

Mangrove forests are located in the tropics and sub-tropics but extend into temperate regions where they reach their geographical limits...Despite their importance for local livelihoods, biodiversity and carbon sequestration, mangrove forests are greatly threatened across their range. Mangrove losses over the period 1980-2005 were estimated to be > 3 million ha10 with the rate of degradation over the period 1990-2000 estimated at 1% per year, a rate twice that of terrestrial rainforests...Mapping and monitoring the changing extent of mangroves has proved difficult, with most attempts relying on a combination of remotely sensed data and existing field maps to catalogue mangrove extent for a single point in time.

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