Understanding how coastal lagoons respond to change at local, regional and global scales is necessary to sustainably manage lagoons, and the ecosystem services they provide, and assess the socio-environmental implications of future development in the context of climate change.

Earth Observation (EO) plays a key role in environmental monitoring and long-term climate change studies, but considerable knowledge gaps exist in exploiting the full potential of EO for coastal lagoon research. In September 2017, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Future Earth funded a workshop with the aim to explore some of these gaps, and facilitate joint research activities between the international Earth Observation and Coastal Zone Research communities. As a result, a new scientific hub, the Lagoons Forum, was established. Originally formed by the 17 participants of the workshop under the auspices of international research organisations and programmes, we anticipate this community to grow in the coming years. Please contact us for more information and how to join.

List of Case Studies

Below is a preliminary list of lagoons containing sites around the World that have been identified as case studies by the Lagoons Forum. We expect this list to grow in the future, reflecting activities related to Lagoons4Life. Please contact us to add your lagoon study site to the list.

GloboLakes IDL4L IDNameCountry(-ies)LonLat
4646MIRIMBrazil; Uruguay-53.0865-32.8292
210210ALEXANDRINAAustralia139.1647-35.4863
231231MANGUEIRABrazil-52.8054-33.1452
245245IZABALGuatemala-89.147415.51582
358358RAZIM LakeRomania28.9615544.83648
410410SYVASH Lake, SouthUkraine35.1866645.42091
418418ABYIvory Coast; Ghana-3.160855.218121
459459UNKNOWNRussia-175.99267.7006
485485LAGOSNigeria3.58146.533915
509509UNKNOWNUkraine30.3039146.25575
618618SAINT LUCIASouth Africa32.46463-28.0252
746746MAUREPASUnited States-90.501330.25228
748748CALCASIEU LakeUnited States-93.312629.92336
801801FEIABrazil-41.3396-22.0128
11211121NEGRAUruguay-53.6821-34.0318
12161216BERREFrance5.10602343.46507
13611361UNKNOWNMexico-106.07222.96091
14371437TANSIN, Laguna deHonduras-83.932615.28418
16161616POELELAMozambique35.05908-24.535
16561656UNKNOWNBrazil-50.0823-29.699
19411941VALLI DI COMACCHIOItaly12.1715944.60923
20122012PUEBLO VIEJOMexico-97.885122.15301
22462246ANOLGYTGYNRussia163.755159.99997
24082408UNKNOWNUkraine33.4999945.20278
25182518UNKNOWNChile-72.3266-51.882
25322532NISSUM FJORD, BVLING FJORD, FELSTED KOGDenmark8.19020856.35722
25542554?EBSKO LakePoland17.4116254.71743
29272927VARANO, Lago diItaly15.747441.8808
29612961KURCHANSKIYRussia37.487545.27895
30253025HOURTIN, Lac d'France-1.1122645.13539
31713171MARRYAT InletUnited States-166.50868.37941
31893189GEORGEAustralia139.9895-37.4094
31963196CAZAUX ET DE SANGUINET, TANG DEFrance-1.1557444.48339
248614248614CURONIANLithuania; Russia21.0210255.14782
300000VENICEItaly12.32055145.390796
300001SACCA DI GOROItaly12.31659844.820251
300002CHILIKAIndia85.37187519.726564
300003PATOS, LAGOA DOSBrazil-51.358066-31.068207
300004MAR CHICAMorocco-2.85646435.172973
300005PONTCHARTRAINUSA-90.12220930.183038
300006TAM GIANGVietnam107.72790116.442084
300007RIA FORMOSAPortugal-7.89536.994