Gwilym Rowlands, PhD
2007 Research Fellow, Ground Truthing and Acoustic Surveyor
Gwilym Rowlands, was a Living Oceans Foundation Fellow in 2007 and is completing his Ph.D. at the National Coral Reef Institute, Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Gwilym’s project, ‘A spatial perspective on coral reef development in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea’, draws on one of the most extensive image and field data set of the region to date. It marries advances in remote sensing, biological resource mapping and spatial analysis, whilst developing tools that enhance marine conservation.
Gwilym’s thesis examines the influence of current growth conditions and past geologic structure on regional reef development. Gwilym is driven by his belief that ‘marine management and conservation can only be successful when large scale ecological patterns are taken into account’. One of Gwilym’s goals is to characterize and develop high resolution habitat maps spanning most of the Saudi Arabian coastline. These will enhance place-based management, such as the identification of key areas for consideration as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Gwilym participated in the 2007 and 2008 Red Sea Research Expeditions, and recently completed the processing of the Compact Airborne Spectrographic Imager (CASI) data from the hyperspectral surveys conducted in 2006 at the Farasan Islands.
This article, published by one of the Living Oceans Foundation Fellows, Gwilym Rowlands, PhD, looks at remote sensing and modeling of coral reef resilience. Remote Sensing and Modeling of Coral Reef Resilience Remote Sensing and Modeling June 17, 2014 By …
Highlights: A typology of Saudi Arabian Red Sea coral carbonate systems is developed. Using a GIS, sixteen system end-members are identified, mapped and tallied. Several types of carbonate system are present throughout the length of the Red Sea. Other carbonate …
Over a four year period, the Living Oceans Foundation has been involved in a massive scale marine habitat research project in the Red Sea. The results are now published in this first ever atlas of the Red Sea marine habitats …
Red Sea Coral Reef Trajectories over 2 Decades Suggest Increasing Community Homogenization and Decline in Coral Size Three independent line intercept transect surveys on northern Red Sea reef slopes conducted in 1988/9 and 1997/8 in Egypt and from 2006–9 in Saudi …
Red Sea Coral Reef Trajectories over 2 Decades Suggest Increasing Community Homogenization and Decline in Coral Size Three independent line intercept transect surveys on northern Red Sea reef slopes conducted in 1988/9 and 1997/8 in Egypt and from 2006–9 in …
Farasan Islands Habitat Mapping in Saudi Arabia Using CASI and QuickBird Imagery Map products derived from remote sensing technology increase our understanding and ability to manage tropical marine environments. The enhanced mapping capabilities of hyperspectral sensors are well understood; yet technology uptake, particularly …
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