Video Assessment

Capturing mangrove footage

MangroveWatch relies primarily on video assessment of shoreline habitats collected by community volunteers and sent to the Hub for analysis. A shoreline habitat assessment method was specifically designed for the MangroveWatch program to enable community volunteers to easily collect information in a standardized format. The primary objective in designing this method was to ensure it was easy to do, cost effective, fun and did not require complex scientific observations by the volunteers, whilst still providing improved knowledge and awareness of tidal wetland ecosystems for volunteers, as well as scientifically relevant outputs.

The Shoreline Video Assessment Method (SVAM) used by MangroveWatch volunteers relies on qualitative assessments of shoreline habitat, physical condition and human influence, determined from continuous video recordings of the shoreline and intertidal zone along coastline/estuary banks. The video is analysed for a number of features that relate to the ‘condition’ of the coast. Simultaneous GPS data enables these features to be mapped to give a spatial representation of shoreline habitats and their condition. Qualitative interpretations made during analysis are based on quantitative baseline studies. Video interpretation relates only to the intertidal zone and up to 20 m above the tidal limit.

Community Volunteers

A key feature of MangroveWatch is its close partnership between community volunteers and scientists from the James Cook University’s Mangrove Hub. Together they are systematically recording basic data as video and still imagery for assessments of estuarine habitat health.

Armed with expert support, training and advice, MangroveWatch volunteers in key regions are actively contributing to the monitoring of local estuaries and shorelines. An important goal in this phase of the program is to develop a network of like minded groups with the aim of producing public documents that describe important issues affecting local estuaries and mangroves, and their overall health.

Donations & Sponsorships

MangroveWatch Ltd is a registered charitable company in Australia. To achieve its goals and those of community participants, the program relies on funding and sponsorships to keep things going.

Donations and Sponsorships will be acknowledged on this site.

We need support for:

  • Community volunteers for small vessel hire and fuel
  • Field kits - costing up to $AUD3,000 each
  • Promotional items and awards such as T-Shirts and hats
  • Website maintenance
  • Computers and support for shoreline assessments by the Mangrove Hub

If you can assist any any way then contact us at the Mangrove Hub

MangroveWatch Handout

You can download our fact and information sheet to get more information about the MangroveWatch program.

Mangrove Watch Brochure

You can download our fact and information sheet (see link below) to get more information about the MangroveWatch programs.

Mangrove Watch Brochure