Davis, Bruce E.; Quinn, Norman J.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Centre for Marine Sciences
Using GIS in human impact analysis of mangroves
South Pacific Journal of natural science
Date of Publication
In this study, a GIS approach was developed to provide ground-level classification of mangrove communities and their impact by humans. Mangroves around Suva are declining due to peripheral pressures from expanding land use and interior pressures of increased resource utilization. Increasing urbanisation, particularly the growth of industrialisation and squatter settlements, has resulted in greater utilisation of mangrove communities (Rhizophora - Bruguiera). Better information is needed if sustainable environmental management practices are to succeed. Remote sensing is unable to provide the detail and scale of data that is required, but in situ field work, combined with GIS approaches, offers an enhanced methodology. This project examines the mangroves of the Suva peninsula using a geographical information system (GIS) approach in order to derive better techniques for monitoring, analysing and managing these deteriorating environments.....