|Siti at work on Chek Jawa.|
A first look at the distribution and extent of seagrass meadows in Singapore
Siti Maryam Yaakub, National University of Singapore
The past three decades have seen most of Singapore’s original coastal and marine habitats, such as mangroves, coral reefs and seagrass give way to extensive shoreline development. While the loss of mangroves and coral reefs is well documented, the original extent of seagrass meadows in Singapore has never been documented. As a result, the corresponding loss due to coastal development is unknown and up until recently, many species of seagrass were thought to be locally extinct. However, substantial tracts of seagrass still exist in Singapore waters and this study is a first attempt at documenting the present extent of large seagrass meadows at Chek Jawa, Pulau Semakau and Cyrene Reef by remote sensing using satellite imagery (IKONOS & Geoeye-1) and ground-truthing.
We will of course also feature posters about TeamSeagrass and the work we do. Joycelyn will be kindly representing us should the Guest of Honour stop by our booth!