Using Remote Sensing to Characterize the Physical Environments of the Sunda Banda Seascape, Indonesia

By Mingshu Wang

The Sunda Banda Seascape (SBS) is located in the central part of the Coral Triangle, which is home to 76% of known coral species, more than 3,000 fish species. However, it is under severe threat from climate change and unsustainable development. Noting that there is no comprehensive regional data available, remote sensing has been applied to classify SBS into distinctive environmental regions in order to help establish the network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in SBS and then guide marine spatial planning.

Sunda Banda Seascape

This work was part of Mingshu’s summer internship at the World Wildlife Fund – U.S. in the summer of 2013, and is currently extended as his master thesis. Thanks to those collaborators: Charles Huang (World Wildlife Fund- U.S.), Dr. Gabby Ahmadia (World Wildlife Fund – U.S.), Dr. Helen Fox (World Wildlife Fund – U.S.), Dr. Iliana Chollett (Marine Spatial Ecology Lab, University of Queensland, Australia), Anton Wijonarno (World Wildlife Fund – Indonesia) and Novi Christian (World Wildlife Fund –Indonesia).

WWF-Indonesia has added our work into their The Coral Triangle Atlas Platform (supported by NOAA and USAID,