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Mapping 'Blue Carbon' in Cambodian Mangroves: A Case Study Analysis for the Koh Rong Archipelago Bastyr, Alex


Mangrove forests, and other coastal ecosystems, are recognized for their role in climate change mitigation due to their significant potential for carbon storage and carbon sequestration. These ecosystems are some of the most threatened ecosystems on earth and are at risk of loss and degradation because of anthropogenic activities. Carbon financing mechanisms offer a way to help implement, finance and support the conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems. This study focuses on conducting a Tier 1 blue carbon assessment for the Koh Rong Archipelago in Cambodia. Satellite images from Landsat TM and Landsat 8 OLI were used to create land cover classification maps for the archipelago for 2009 and 2020, respectively. Mangrove extent was derived from the classified maps in order to analyze the decadal change in mangrove forests and subsequent blue carbon stock for the archipelago. The results of this study represent an initial blue carbon assessment for the archipelago that can be expanded upon in future studies.

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