This is the first comprehensive international atlas featuring all ecological services provided by Ramsar wetlands, with complete views of all Ramsar sites, through remote sensing and mapping. Written by an international expert on wetlands and remote sensing, this atlas is for a broad audience and compiles much-needed information on how the Ramsar wetlands are of significant value to the planet and society and can and should be managed in such a way that supports planetary sustainability. Focused on the 72 designated Ramsar sites along the western coasts of Alaska, Canada, California, Mexico, and the Central Pacific islands, each wetland is articulately documented with respect to its specific ecological functions and services.


  • Provides a comprehensive assessment of the key biophysical and societal elements of each Ramsar-designated wetland along the North American West Coast and Central Pacific
  • Brings all designated Ramsar wetlands to the reader in one visually appealing compendium using geospatial technology
  • Aids in highlighting the importance of and options for wetland conservation and restoration worldwide
  • Explains the important role that wetlands play in environmental sustainability, directly supporting the global sustainable development goals of the United Nations
  • Introduces the contributions of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands to global conservation and restoration

This atlas is intended for wetland managers and policymakers involved in the Ramsar Convention activities and for wetland ecologists and other allied environmental scientists and practitioners, such as hydrologists, microbiologists, and botanists. It is also a valuable resource for researchers, faculty, and graduate students affiliated with programs such as wetland ecology, wetland management, environmental studies, environmental management, and survey of wetlands.

chapter 1|5 pages

Introduction to Ramsar

chapter 2|44 pages

The United States and Canada

chapter 3|61 pages


States of Baja California and Baja California Sur

chapter 4|66 pages


States of Sonora and Sinaloa

chapter 5|47 pages


States of Nayarit and Jalisco

chapter 6|38 pages


States of Colima, Michoacan, and Guerrero

chapter 7|33 pages


States of Oaxaca and Chiapas