Using remote sensing to track habitat disturbance in the Florida Keys
September 10th, 2017: Hurricane Irma strikes the Lower Florida Keys
Hurricane Irma made landfall on the continental U.S. as a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. The storm caused approximately 50 billion dollars in damage and many communities are still recovering . While much effort has been put into assessing Irma's impact on humans, we sought to investigate disturbance to the natural environment.
Using ecological expertise and remote sensing technology, the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute is working to assess the severity of disturbance to coastal forests and track the recovery of this natural vegetation which provides habitat for many species. Let’s take a look at how Hurricane Irma impacted endangered species habitats in the National Key Deer Refuge, a protected area in the Florida Keys...
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