Pacific Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment (PaCSEA): Characterization of Seasonal Water Masses within the Northern California Current System Using Airborne Remote Sensing off Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, 2011–2012

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Here, we use ocean color measurements (Figure 1) and sea surface temperature (SST) data collected using sensors mounted on low-flying aircraft to characterize NCCS water masses and identify patterns among seasons and between years. To accomplish this, we applied k-means clustering to measured and derived ecologically-relevant physical and bio-optical variables (SST, Chla, absorbance by colored dissolved organic matter [aCDOM], proxy particle load). These classifications will be used in the future to evaluate species habitat distributions in the NCCS.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Report
Title Pacific Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment (PaCSEA): Characterization of Seasonal Water Masses within the Northern California Current System Using Airborne Remote Sensing off Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, 2011–2012
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher BOEM
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description iv, 26 p.
Country United States
State California, Oregon, Washington
Other Geospatial Pacific Continental Shelf
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