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Biochemical and dynamical characteristics of the Messina Straits water by means of hyperspectral data
Author(s): Filippo Azzaro; Rosa Maria Cavalli; Franco Decembrini; Stefano Pignatti; Carla Santella
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Paper Abstract

The Straits of Messina was surveyed on September the 25th 1999, at 14:15 local time, by means of the 4 spectrometers of Multispectral Infrared Visible Imaging Spectrometer instrument, recording 102 channels from Visible to Thermal Infrared along four southwards oriented flight lines. The first flight line was recorded from an altitudes of 1500 m a.s.1. (nadir pixel size of 3 m), while the others have been acquired from an altitudes of 4000 m a.s.1. (nadir pixel size of 8 m). In the Straits of Messina the strong tidal currents as well as the morphological features determine the upwelling of deep waters to the photic layer. Traditional oceanographic surveys, based on period punctual sampling, are sometimes inadequate to deeply investigate the areas subjected to high variability altering in space and in time the distribution of abiotic and biotic parameters. The effect of tidal currents on the upwelling of the Straits of Messina was measured by using the MIVIS hyperspectral sensor and through the continuous survey of some tracer parameters from sailing vessel. The collected hyperspectral data sets, once calibrated to reflectance (by using atmospheric model and fields spectra collected during the campaign) and geometrically corrected, were used to develop preliminary local bio-optical algorithms derived from in situ (ground and sea) measurements and to obtain suitable mapping of the chlorophyll distribution and of the Sea Surface Temperature of the investigated area.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 January 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4154, Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of the Ocean, (5 January 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.411680
Show Author Affiliations
Filippo Azzaro, Istituto Sperimentale Talassografico (Italy)
Rosa Maria Cavalli, Istituto Sperimentale Talassografico (Italy)
Franco Decembrini, Istituto Sperimentale Talassografico (Italy)
Stefano Pignatti, Istituto Sperimentale Talassografico (Italy)
Carla Santella, Istituto Sperimentale Talassografico (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4154:
Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of the Ocean
Robert J. Frouin; Hiroshi Kawamura; Motoaki Kishino, Editor(s)

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