Global Mangrove Forests Distribution, v1 (2000)

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


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

Landsat datasets are federally created data and therefore reside in the public domain and may be used, transferred, or reproduced without copyright restriction.

Acknowledgement or credit of the USGS as data source should be provided by including a line of text citation such as the example shown below.

(Product, Image, Photograph, or Dataset Name) courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey

Example: Landsat-7 image courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey

See the USGS Visual Identity System Guidance for further details on proper citation and acknowledgement of USGS products.


  • 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');