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Characterizing bio-optical and ecological features of algal bloom waters for detection and tracking from space
Author(s): S. Ahmed; R. Amin; I. Gladkova; A. Gilerson; M. Grossberg; S. Hlaing; F. Shariar; P. Alabi
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Paper Abstract

The detection and monitoring of harmful algal blooms using in-situ field measurements is both labor intensive and is practically limited on achievable temporal and spatial resolutions, since field measurements are typically carried out at a series of discrete points and at discrete times, with practical limitations on temporal continuity. The planning and preparation of remedial measures to reduce health risks, etc., requires detection approaches which can effectively cover larger areas with contiguous spatial resolutions, and at the same time offer a more comprehensive and contemporaneous snapshot of entire blooms as they occur. This is beyond capabilities of in-situ measurements and it is in this context that satellite Ocean Color sensors offer potential advantages for bloom detection and monitoring. In this paper we examine the applications and limitations of an approach we have recently developed for the detection of K. brevis blooms from satellite Ocean Color Sensors measurements, the Red Band Difference Technique, and compare it to other detection algorithm approaches, including a new statistical based approach also proposed here. To achieve more uniform standards of comparisons, the performance of different techniques for detection are applied to the same specific verified blooms occurring off the West Florida Shelf (WFS) that have been verified by in-situ measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7678, Ocean Sensing and Monitoring II, 767804 (20 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.852444
Show Author Affiliations
S. Ahmed, The City College of New York (United States)
R. Amin, The City College of New York (United States)
I. Gladkova, The City College of New York (United States)
A. Gilerson, The City College of New York (United States)
M. Grossberg, The City College of New York (United States)
S. Hlaing, The City College of New York (United States)
F. Shariar, The City College of New York (United States)
P. Alabi, The City College of New York (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7678:
Ocean Sensing and Monitoring II
Weilin (Will) Hou; Robert A. Arnone, Editor(s)

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