SS3.03 Recent Advances in Coastal and River Plume Remote Sensing
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2002
Location: Poster Session - VCC
 
BorstadGA, Borstad Associates Ltd., Sidney, Canada, gary@borstad.com
Brown, L, N, Borstad Associates Ltd., Sidney, Canada, leslie@borstad.com
Gower, J, F, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, Canada, gowerj@pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
 
AN EVALUATION OF WATER QUALITY DATA PRODUCTS FOR COASTAL AND LAKE WATERS DERIVED FROM THE MODIS SATELLITE SENSOR
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MODIS is the latest sensor launched by NASA to provide global and regional water colour products for studying water productivity, pollution and flow patterns. The instrument provides improved sensitivity and more spectral bands, including thermal information, when compared to SeaWiFS. In addition spectral bands allow useful information to be extracted from the in vivo fluorescence signal near 685 nm from chlorophyll a, stimulated by sunlight. In this paper we present examples of MODIS satellite images of chlorophyll a concentration and fluorescence covering the BC coast and the Great Lakes, and discuss the interpretation of results in terms of surface measurements. The work is part of a study of Water Quality Products for Inland and Coastal Canada to be derived from MODIS, and in the future from the European MERIS instrument (due for launch on March 1 2002).