The impact of bottom brightness on spectral reflectance of suspended sediments

International Journal of Remote Sensing
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Two experiments were conducted outdoors to investigate how bottom brightness impacts the spectral response of a water column under varied suspended sediment concentrations. A white aluminum panel placed at the bottom of the tank was used as the bright bottom, and a flat-black tank liner served as the dark bottom. Sixteen levels of suspended sediment from 25 to 400 mg litre -1 were used in each experiment. Spectral data were collected using a Spectron SE-590 spectroradiometer. The major findings include the following: the bright bottom had the greatest impact at visible wavelengths; when suspended sediment concentrations exceeded 100 mg litre -1, the bright bottom response was found to be negligible; and, substrate brightness has minimal impact between 740 and 900 nm, suggesting that these wavelengths are best for measuring suspended sediment concentrations by means of remote sensing.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The impact of bottom brightness on spectral reflectance of suspended sediments
Series title International Journal of Remote Sensing
DOI 10.1080/01431160050029558
Volume 21
Issue 11
Year Published 2000
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 10 p.
First page 2259
Last page 2268
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