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Neural network approach to separate the non-algal absorption coefficient into dissolved and particulate
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Paper Abstract

We present a method for the separation of the non-algal absorption coefficient into its independent components of dissolved species and non-algal particulate absorptions from remote sensing reflectance (Rrs) measurements in the visible part of the spectrum. This separation is problematic due to the similar absorption spectra of these substances. Due to this complication, we approach the problem by constructing a neural network which relates the remote sensing reflectance at the available MODIS visible wavelengths (412, 443, 488, 531, 547 and 667nm) with the ratio of the absorption coefficient of non-algal particulates to the absorption coefficient of dissolved species, thereby permitting analytical separation of the total non-algal absorption into particulate and dissolved components. The resulting synthetically trained algorithm is tested on simulated data as well as independently on the NASA Bio-Optical Marine Algorithm Data set (NOMAD). Very good agreement is obtained, with R2 values of 87% and 78% for the non-algal particulate and dissolved absorption components, respectively for the NOMAD. Finally, we apply the algorithm to MODIS data and present global distributions for these parameters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8795, First International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2013), 87951N (5 August 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2028379
Show Author Affiliations
Ioannis Ioannou, The City College of New York (United States)
Robert Foster, The City College of New York (United States)
Alex Gilerson, The City College of New York (United States)
Sam Ahmed, The City College of New York (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8795:
First International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2013)
Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis; Kyriacos Themistocleous; Silas Michaelides; George Papadavid, Editor(s)

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