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Hamylton, S., Spencer, T. & Hagan, A. (2010). Development of a regional habitat classification scheme for the Amirante Islands, Seychelles. Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science, 9 (1), 43-55.


A collaborative expedition between Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, Cambridge Coastal Research Unit and Seychelles Centre for Marine Research and Technology – Marine Parks Authority (SCMRT-MPA) was conducted to the southern Seychelles, western Indian Ocean, in January 2005. This resulted in a series of habitat maps of the reefs and reef islands of the Amirantes Archipelago, derived from remotely-sensed Compact Airborne Spectrographic Imager (CASI) data. The procedures used in map development, image processing techniques and field survey methods are outlined. Habitat classification, and regional-scale comparisons of relative habitat composition are described. The study demonstrates the use of remote sensing data to construct digital habitat maps for the comparison of regional habitat coverage, a key function for coastal management.

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Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science