Pinay, Japan researcher to map seagrass beds in the Philippines to help with conservation and climate change resilience │ GMA News Online

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A Filipina scholar in Japan who recently completed her doctoral studies will soon be mapping seagrass beds in the Philippines using remote sensing technology.

Ayin Tamondong, assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman, received her doctorate in global engineering for development, environment and society at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

According to a press release, seagrass refers to “unique marine flowering plants that grow in shallow coastal waters.” These serve as shelter areas for marine wildlife such as sea cows (dugong) and turtles.

“Seagrass beds in the Philippines and around the world are among the natural resources under stress from multiple human-induced stresses and there is a lack of effective conservation and management solutions for them,” Tamondong said.

“The use of quantitative predictions from remote sensing technology can help us update information on the cover, density and species composition of our seagrass beds, and therefore, manage our natural resources and develop long-term conservation plans,” she added.

Under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Fellowship Program, Tamondong’s research is part of the Comprehensive Assessment and Conservation of Blue Carbon Ecosystems and Their Services in the Coral Triangle or BlueCARES .

“Seagrass beds are part of the blue carbon ecosystem that has been identified as a possible solution to mitigating climate change risks because they sequester and store carbon better than terrestrial plants,” she said. .

Tamondong will lead national efforts to map the country’s seagrass after returning from Japan.

—MGP, GMA News

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