Summary: Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 56, 2009
Journal of Coastal Research SI 56 pg - pg ICS2009 (Proceedings) Portugal ISSN
Estimation of available seagrass meadow area in Portugal for
A. H. Cunha, J. Assis, E. A. Serrão
Centro de Ciências do Mar, CIMAR-L.A.
Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro Portugal
CUNHA, A. H., ASSIS, J., and SERRÃO, E.A. 2009. Estimation of the available seagrass meadow area in Portugal
for transplanting purposes. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56 (Proceedings of the 10th
Symposium), pg pg. Lisbon, Portugal, ISBN
Seagrasses are marine flowering plants found in shallow coastal habitats around the world. These plants create a
habitat of substantial importance from an ecological, economic and biodiversity point of view. Unfortunately,
there have been considerable losses of seagrass habitat worldwide, leading to increasing interest on the
development of seagrass restoration and rehabilitation projects. These projects, often developed as a mitigation
tool, deeply benefit from the spatially explicit information included in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Thus, to have seagrass area estimates for transplanting purposes and, to be able to monitor transplanting impacts,