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Satellite bathymetry map of the marine ecosystems in the Mexican Caribbean: Cabo Catoche - Xcalak

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posted on 05.01.2022, 23:00 authored by Sergio Cerdeira-EstradaSergio Cerdeira-Estrada, Raul Martell-DuboisRaul Martell-Dubois, Thomas Heege, Laura Rosique-de la CruzLaura Rosique-de la Cruz, Paul Blanchon, Sabine Ohlendorf, Andreas Müller, Rodolfo Silva, Ismael Mariño-Tapia, Mauricio Martínez-Clorio, Laura Carrillo, Susana Perera-ValderramaSusana Perera-Valderrama, Hansel Caballero-Aragón, María Isabel Cruz-López, Rainer Ressl
The map represents the depth spatial distribution of the benthic habitats in shallow waters of the Mexican Mesoamerican Reef System, from Cabo Catoche to Xcalak. This represents an area of 1001 km2 with an average maximum depth of 18 m. It was generated from the analysis of 23 WorldView-2 satellite images (2010-2016) and it was validated with information from in-situ bathymetric soundings. The information is presented in TIFF format. This product is the result of the ArrecifeSAM project, coordinated by CONABIO as part of the Marine-Coastal Information and Analysis System (SIMAR) (https://simar.conabio.gob.mx).

Acknowledgement:

The authors acknowledge the logistical and technical support provided by by National Financial Trust Fund for Biodiversity and National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), National Autonomous University of Mexico - UNAM (UASA Marine Science and Limnology Institute, Institute of Engineering, Science Faculty - Academic Unit Sisal), EOMAP GmbH & Co.KG. (EOMAP), Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV-Mérida, IPN), and College of the Southern Border (ECOSUR).

Funding

This research was funded by the National Financial Trust Fund for Biodiversity, the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), and the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) in Mexico.

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