About GLOW

a new international initiative

Coastal wetlands need help

To help coastal wetlands, we need strong, scalable science.

Right now, tools to measure, track and predict the health of coastal wetlands are limited. For example, it’s not possible to map coastal wetland health at the global scale, which means we can’t effectively and efficiently highlight the most important conservation needs and actions.

GLOW is designed to inform coastal conservation. We are developing a new predictive science for mangrove, seagrass and saltmarsh habitats that links ecology, conservation planning and restoration feasibility. This includes a scalable index of coastal wetland health that can be used to guide conservation actions.

GLOW features three themes: health, action and engagement. Together, these form a real opportunity to help solve a major global environmental issue by:

  • contributing to scientific understanding and assessment methodologies;
  • improving the accuracy and efficiency of global wetland health assessments;
  • enabling targeted investment strategies for governments, non-government organisations, philanthropic networks and other conservation actors; and,
  • helping humanity create healthier, more resilient, sustainable, and productive coastal environments for future generations.

GLOW shares links, aims and values with a few other international efforts. However, GLOW has a strong focus on predictive modelling that empowers conservation.

The project is coordinated by Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, with key partner investigators around the world. GLOW sits in the Coasts & Estuaries section of The Australian Rivers Institute, a world leader in research and education across biophysical, social and economic sciences from catchment-to-coast.

GLOW is also a member of the Global Mangrove Alliance.