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Mangrove Forest Dataset of China (2015)

CHEN Bangqian1,2XIAO Xiangming2,3LI Xiangping2PAN Lianghao2,4Russell Doughty3MA Jun2DONG Jinwei3QIN Yuanwei3ZHAO Bin2WU Zhixiang1SUN Rui1LAN Guoyu1XIE Guishui1Nicholas Clinton5Chandra Giri6
1 Rubber Research Institute,Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences; Danzhou Investigation & Experiment Station of Tropical Crops,Ministry of Agriculture,Danzhou 571737,P. R. China2 Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Biodiversity Science and Ecological Engineering,Institute of Biodiversity Sciences,Fudan University,Shanghai 200438,P. R. China3 Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology,and Center for Spatial Analysis,University of Oklahoma,Norman,OK 73019,USA4 Guangxi Key Lab of Mangrove Conservation and Utilization,Guangxi Mangrove Research Center (GMRC),Guangxi Academy of Sciences,Beihai 536000,P. R. China5 Google,Mountain View,CA,USA6 Sensing and Spatial Analysis Branch,U. S. Environmental Protection Agency,Research Triangle Park,NC 27709,USA


Published:Aug. 2017

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Key Words:

Mangrove forest,China,Spatial distribution,Landsat,Sentinel-1,2015,ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing


A new algorithm was developed for identifying mangrove forest by integrating remote sensing images and the frequency features of evergreenness, dense canopy, and inundation, as well as elevation, slope, and the rule of intersection with sea. Based on 1941 Landsat ETM /OLI images (acquired between January 1, 2014 and July, 2016, 25 WRS-2 Path/Row), 586 Sentinel-1A C band SAR images, and the new algorithm, the mangrove forest distribution in China (2015) was developed. The dataset is at 30m spatial resolution. In statistics, there are 20,303 hm² of mangrove forest in 2015 (Not including open canopy of planted mangrove forest), and 92% of them were distributed in Hainan, Guangxi, and Guangdong province. Among them, Guangdong province has the largest mangrove forest area (8136 hm²), then followed by Guangxi and Hainan, with an area of 6849 hm² and 3667 hm² separately. The mangrove forest area in Fujian, Taiwan, and Hong Kong were around 500 hm² in each, and very few mangrove forests were found in Zhejiang and Macao. The dataset consist of directly classified data (MangroveChina2015_DC) and the corrected data (MangroveChina2015_DC_Correction). The dataset is archived in .shp and .kmz data format, with the compressed data size of 2.67MB.

Foundation Item:

National Natural Science Foundation of China (41571408); Rubber Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (1630022015012, 1630022017016); US NASA (NNX11AJ35G, NNX14AD78G)

Data Citation:

CHEN Bangqian, XIAO Xiangming, LI Xiangping, PAN Lianghao, Russell Doughty, MA Jun, DONG Jinwei, QIN Yuanwei, ZHAO Bin, WU Zhixiang, SUN Rui, LAN Guoyu, XIE Guishui, Nicholas Clinton, Chandra Giri. Mangrove Forest Dataset of China (2015)[J/DB/OL]. Digital Journal of Global Change Data Repository, 2017.

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ID Data Name Data Size Operation
1 MangroveChina2015.rar 1240.75KB
2 MangroveChina2015_DC.kmz 771.37KB
3 MangroveChina2015_DC_Correction.kmz 725.10KB