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NASA Data Helps Researcher Understand Coastal Mangrove Forests

Submitted by ORNL DAAC Staff on 2020-06-25
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Selfie of Dr. David Lagomasino in the field.
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Dr. David Lagomasino uses satellite, airborne, drone, and ground measurements to identify areas of coastal resilience and vulnerability.

Dr. David Lagomasino wears many hats. He's an Assistant Professor in the Department of Coastal Studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, a Research Scientist for the East Carolina University Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, NC, and a NASA-funded investigator for the Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) program. Using a combination of field data, environmental data, and remotely-sensed observations, Dr. Lagomasino studies the impacts of human and natural disturbances on coastal ecosystems and the responses of the coastal landscape (both on land and under the sea) to these pressures.

Several datasets collected by Dr. Lagomasino and his colleagues are archived at the ORNL DAAC:

  • CMS: Mangrove Forest Cover Extent and Change across Major River Deltas, 2000-2016
  • CMS: Aboveground Biomass for Mangrove Forest, Zambezi River Delta, Mozambique
  • CMS: Mangrove Canopy Characteristics and Land Cover Change, Tanzania, 1990-2014
  • CMS: Mangrove Canopy Height Estimates from Remote Imagery, Zambezi Delta, Mozambique
  • CMS: Mangrove Canopy Height from High-resolution Stereo Image Pairs, Mozambique, 2012
  • To read more about Dr. Lagomasino's work and his use of NASA Earth science data, see
    NASA Earthdata User Profile: Dr. David Lagomasino.