By Debashis Mitra
The author is scientist, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun. email@example.com
A coastal zone is one of the most fragile ecosystems on earth. Managing coastal resources sustainably calls for up-to-date knowledge, cutting edge planning and trained human resources. Satellite remote sensing provides synoptic and unbiased content in a multi-temporal domain that can help planners put suitable management policies in place.
India has a 7516.6 km coastline spread over nine coastal states with a 2.02 million sq km exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The peninsular region of India has the Arabian Sea on the west, the Bay of Bengal in the east and the Indian Ocean in the south. The coastal zone is a unique environment where land, ocean and atmosphere interact and produce a highly dynamic and important ecosystem. Estuaries, mangroves, coral reefs, sea grass beds, mud flats and sand beaches...