Marine Science Faculty Publications

Spectroscopy for Global Observation of Coastal and Inland Aquatic Habitats

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Conference Proceeding

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Coastal and Inland Aquatic Habitats, Hyperspectral Data, Imaging Spectroscopy, Mission Design, Remote Sensing

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There is a pressing need to globally inventory and assess coastal and inland aquatic habitats; extremely valuable and productive regions that are vulnerable to global anthropogenic pressures and climatic change. Basic information about sessile communities (wetlands, coral reefs, and sea grasses) includes mapping their extent and distribution, which can be gleaned from spectral surface reflectance imagery at high spatial resolution, but moderate temporal resolution. Moderate to high temporal resolution is also required for detailed observations of sessile community change (e.g., phenology, disturbance) and high temporal resolution is required for environmental changes in the surrounding water, phytoplankton concentration and composition, and concentrations of sediment or chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM). Current and upcoming satellite missions and technology could meet spatial and spectral challenges. Multiple orbiting and airborne platforms, along with a network of in situ measurements, could provide a more complete picture of how these vital resources are changing. This paper provides an overview of these resources.

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International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), p. 3051-3054