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posted on 20.10.2021, 04:10 by Kyle C. Cavanaugh, Tom Bell, Maycira Costa, Norah E. Eddy, Lianna Gendall, Mary G. Gleason, Margot Hessing-Lewis, Rebecca Martone, Meredith McPherson, Ondine Pontier, Luba Reshitnyk, Rodrigo Beas-Luna, Mark Carr, Jennifer E. Caselle, Katherine C. Cavanaugh, Rebecca Flores Miller, Sara Hamilton, Walter N. Heady, Heidi K. Hirsh, Rietta Hohman, Lynn Chi Lee, Julio Lorda, James Ray, Daniel C. Reed, Vienna R. Saccomanno, Sarah B. Schroeder

Surface-canopy forming kelps provide the foundation for ecosystems that are ecologically, culturally, and economically important. However, these kelp forests are naturally dynamic systems that are also threatened by a range of global and local pressures. As a result, there is a need for tools that enable managers to reliably track changes in their distribution, abundance, and health in a timely manner. Remote sensing data availability has increased dramatically in recent years and this data represents a valuable tool for monitoring surface-canopy forming kelps. However, the choice of remote sensing data and analytic approach must be properly matched to management objectives and tailored to the physical and biological characteristics of the region of interest. This review identifies remote sensing datasets and analyses best suited to address different management needs and environmental settings using case studies from the west coast of North America. We highlight the importance of integrating different datasets and approaches to facilitate comparisons across regions and promote coordination of management strategies.

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