Remote sensing of water clarity and suspended sediments in coastal waters



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Processing of data for estimation of suspended sediment concentrations and water clarity in turbid coastal water requires three components: (1) correction of raw data to water reflectance; (2) establishment of appropriate general models relating reflectance characteristics to materials in the water; and (3) determination of the coefficients of the models appropriate for the area under study. This paper presents equations and procedures appropriate for this processing. It provides example coefficients and data for the NOAA advanced very high resolution radiometer, which is the most appropriate sensor for investigating larger estuaries and turbid coastal systems until the launch of an ocean color imager (SeaWiFS) in late 1993.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Remote sensing of water clarity and suspended sediments in coastal waters
Volume 1930
Issue pt 1
Year Published 1992
Language English
Publisher Publ by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Publisher location Bellingham, WA, United States
Larger Work Title Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
First page 293
Last page 305
Conference Title Proceedings of the 1st Thematic Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments
Conference Location New Orleans, LA, USA
Conference Date 15 June 1992 through 17 June 1992
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