> Wetland mapping

This section assists the user to produce a simple habitat description system to assist wetland mapping.

Two reports were produced, the first in 1996 and an updated version in 2005. The following classification system is based on explicit criteria, trough the presence of specific attributes, intending to describe ecological units of inventoried sites which have certain homogeneous natural attributes.



Mediterranean Wetland Inventory: Habitat description system

(Farinha JC, Costa LT, Zalidis G, Mantzavelas A, Fitoka E, Hecker N  and Tomàs Vives P)


MedWet habitat description system

(Farinha JC, Araújo PR, Silva EP, Carvalho  S, Fonseca E and Lavinas C)

Also available in Portuguese

Using the Wetland MedWet Habitat Description System (Farinha et al, 2005), knowing the wetland site and the criteria that define a wetland and its terrestrial boundaries on the basis of the presence or absence of essential hydrological, soil and vegetation attributes (Costa et al, 2006), you can apply your knowledge, using the following conventions on the use of aerial photography and drawing techniques, to produce a wetland habitat map.



Mediterranean Wetland Inventory: Photointerpretation and Cartographic Conventions

(Zalidis G, Mantzavelas A, Fitoka E, Hecker N)

Mapping of Ramsar Sites using the Wetland MedWet Habitat Description System:
1) Lagoa de Santo André (Portugal)>
2) Lagoa de Albufeira (Portugal)>
3) Paul de Arzila (Portugal)>

Applying Earth Observation technology to advanced wetland mapping efforts


Mapping Wetlands Using Earth Observation Techniques

(Fitoka E and Keramitsoglou I)

Learn more about the GlobWetlandII project which uses EO technology to assist wetland monitoring and management.

GlobWetland II developed a Global Wetland Observing system (G-WOS) pilot information system. It is the first step of the implementation of a G-WOS, the system that has been adopted at the COP-10 of the Ramsar convention on wetlands.GW-II provides the technology as well as cost effective and very productive tools for a satellite based mapping of wetlands.The system software capability will be demonstrated through the production of wetland maps and indicators over 200 wetland sites around the Mediterranean and the software and technology is ready for a wide implementation.