Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Albuquerque 2001
|CS30 Remote Sensing and Technological Tools|
|Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2001, Time: 10:15:00 AM|
|Location: Sandia/Santa Ana|
|van den Bosch, J, M, NASA-Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|WATER QUALITY ASSESSMENT OF A MERCURY-CONTAMINATED LAKE USING MASTER DATA|
|Clear Lake, the oldest and largest fresh water body lying entirely within California, is a highly eutrophic lake which |
supports a productive commercial and sport fishery. For almost 100 years there has been intermittent operation of the Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine (SBMM) resulting in mercury and arsenic contamination. Since 1990 the SBMM has been an EPA superfund site.
6 June 1999 Clear Lake was acquired with MASTER remote sensing data as part of NASA's Earth Science Enterprise (ESE) Applications, Commercialization and Education Strategy, a program dedicated to significantly increasing the application of ESE remote sensing data, science, information, and technologies to societal issues thus ensuring maximum return on taxpayer investments. Although the data was heavily contaminated with forest fire smoke (a common occurrence
of remote sensing data acquisitions in the West during fire season), an algorithm for eliminating the effect of smoke aerosols was devised enabling consequent development of a methodology for assessing water quality in Clear Lake.
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