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March 20, 2014

Thailand , Cambodia and Vietnam

Baseline Map of Coastal Habitats and Shrimp Farms


Clark Labs, best know for its geographic information systems and remote sensing software, has received a grant of $456,738 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to create a baseline map of coastal habitats and shrimp farms in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.  The map will be based on LANDSAT 8 remote sensing imagery and will provide the basis for evaluating coastal habitats that are at risk of being converted to shrimp farms.  The grant was awarded in October 2013 and is valid for 19 months.  The project will require the classification of 34 LANDSAT 8 images.


Dr. Ronald Eastman, Principal Investigator and Director of Clark Labs, said, “LANDSAT 8 provides us with a nice combination of cost effectiveness, synoptic coverage, spectral resolution and the ability to pan sharpen the critical bands needed for water penetration.  This, in combination with the wide range of soft and hard image classification routines in the IDRISI system, gives us the opportunity to develop a protocol specially tailored to the needs of the project.” 


Information: Dr. Ronald Eastman, Clark Labs, Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01610, USA (phone 1-508-793-7526, fax +1-508-793-8842, email, webpage


Source: Geospatial World.  Clark Labs to Research Coastal Habitats at Risk for Shrimp Farm Conversion in Southeast Asia.  March 19, 2014.

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