Being able to visualise the spatial distribution, quality and quantity of marine and freshwater resources is fundamental to understanding aquatic ecosystems.
This allows for the management of human activities, which is fundamental for sustainable development and the ongoing maintenance of these ecosystems.
Cawthron's capabilities in this area include:
- Broad-scale mapping of intertidal vegetation and structural habitats
- Monitoring of changes in area coverage of intertidal habitats over time
- Assessment of past changes in area coverage of intertidal habitats based on historical information
- Assessment of the impacts of habitat alterations on ecosystem function