Mapping the Philippines

David Lagomasino and other team members take a break from fieldwork.

David Lagomasino and J.P. Walsh, in collaboration with Rene Abesamis (Silliman University), Vivien Facunla and others from the USAID Fish Right Program, are working to create a remote sensing approach to map coastal habitat change in the Philippines.  Mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs are critical to ecosystem sustainability, fisheries and tourism.  This November, the team collected ground-truth data in three areas – Sipalay (Southern Negros) and  Busuanga (Calamianes).

Returning from coring in the mangroves, Calauit, Philippines.
A view during fieldwork near Coron, Philippines