Global Mangrove Forests Distribution, v1 (2000)

Dataset Availability
2000-01-01T00:00:00 - 2001-01-01T00:00:00
Dataset Provider
Earth Engine Snippet
annual global mangrove landsat-derived usgs ciesin nasa


The database was prepared using Landsat satellite data from the year 2000. More than 1,000 Landsat scenes obtained from the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) were classified using hybrid supervised and unsupervised digital image classification techniques. This database is the first, most comprehensive mangrove assessment of the world (Giri et al., 2011). Partial funding of this research was provided by NASA.

The mangrove database is being used for identifying priority areas for mangrove conservation, studying the role of mangrove forests in saving lives and properties from natural disasters (e.g. tsunami), carbon accounting, and biodiversity conservation. The USGS EROS has been using the data to study the impact of sea level rise on mangrove ecosystems. The database serves as a baseline for mangrove monitoring.

General Documentation


30 meters


Name Description


1 Class Table

Value Color Description
1 d40115 Mangroves

Terms of Use

Terms of Use

This is a work of the U.S. Government and is not subject to copyright protection in the United States. The data may be used by anyone, anywhere, anytime without permission, license or royalty payment. Attribution using the recommended citation is requested.


  • Giri, C., E. Ochieng, L.L.Tieszen, Z. Zhu, A. Singh, T. Loveland, J. Masek, and N. Duke. 2013. Global Mangrove Forests Distribution, 2000. Palisades, NY: NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC). Accessed DAY MONTH YEAR

  • Giri, C., E. Ochieng, L. L. Tieszen, Z. Zhu, A. Singh, T. Loveland, J. Masek, and N. Duke. 2010. Status and Distribution of Mangrove Forests of the World Using Earth Observation Satellite Data. Global Ecology and Biogeography: A Journal of Macroecology 20(1): 154-159.


Explore in Earth Engine

var dataset = ee.ImageCollection('LANDSAT/MANGROVE_FORESTS');
var mangrovesVis = {
  min: 0,
  max: 1.0,
  palette: ['d40115'],
Map.setCenter(-44.5626, -2.0164, 9);
Map.addLayer(dataset, mangrovesVis, 'Mangroves');