About this project

This project aims to improve our understanding of tropical coastal ecosystems. We have lived together with tropical coastal ecosystems over countless periods of time. They are host to a large variety of living things, and in turn provide considerable services to human communities both locally and globally. Although we are aware of their considerable importance and value, there are still many things we have yet to learn about these ecosystems. Indeed, detailed information on their distribution remains incomplete. The mission of this project is to create a framework for long-term tropical coastal ecosystem information management systems. We hope this website will be widely used to facilitate the effective research and use of the considerable potential of tropical coastal ecosystems on a long term basis.

Project Team

National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES)

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International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME)
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On November 13th, 2013, the International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME) and the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES) concluded an agreement to cooperate to promote research on mangroves and their ecosystems, based on a common recognition of the importance of developing accurate geographical information on natural ecosystems and sharing this with society; through the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and achievement of the Aichi Targets of the Convention of Biological Diversity.

Project team members:

  • ISME: Shigeyuki Baba, Hung Tuck Chan, Nozomi Oshiro, Mio Kezuka, and Mami Kainuma
  • NIES: Tomomi Inoue, Kiyono Katsumata, Kumiko Totsu, Emi Ninomiya, Fumi Hayashi, Sayoko Matsuzaki, Ayumi Kawanishi, and Hiroya Yamano

Collaborative team members:

  • Toyohiko Miyagi (Touhoku Gakuin University)
  • Yukira Mochida (Yokohama National University)

Citing this webpage

To cite the Tropical Coastal Ecosystems Portal website as a whole, please use the following attribution:

  • Tropical Coastal Ecosystems Portal. Available from http://www.nies.go.jp/TroCEP/index.html. Accessed DD-MM-YYYY.

To cite data downloaded from Tropical Coastal Ecosystems Portal:

If you use this website as a data source for a scientific paper, please be sure to cite the original source of the data and any references that are provided to support individual values. For most data records, citations and references will be included in the data download file.

Please also cite the Tropical Coastal Ecosystems Portal website as a whole (see above) as the supplier of this data.

Contact information

Any inquiries, questions, or requests should be sent to:
TroCEP (add "@ml.nies.go.jp")

Last updated Dec-16-2015