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Correlation of ERTS multispectral imagery with suspended matter and chlorophyll in lower Chesapeake BayThe feasibility of using multispectral satellite imagery to monitor the characteristics of estuarine waters is being investigated. Preliminary comparisons of MSS imagery with suspended matter concentrations, particle counts, chlorophyll, transmittance and bathymetry have been made. Some visual correlation of radiance with particulates and chlorophyll has been established. Effects of bathymetry are present, and their relation to transmittance and radiance is being investigated. Greatest detail in suspended matter is revealed by MSS band 5. Near-surface suspended sediment load and chlorophyll can be observed in bands 6 and 7. Images received to date have partially defined extent and location of high suspensate concentrations. Net quantity of suspended matter in the lower Bay has been decreasing since the inception of the study, and represents the diminution of turbid flood waters carried into the Bay in late September, 1972. The results so far point to the utility of MSS imagery in monitoring estuarine water character for the assessment of siltation, productivity, and water types.
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Conference Paper
Bowker, D. E.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Fleischer, P.
(Old Dominion Univ.)
Gosink, T. A.
(Old Dominion Univ.)
Hanna, W. J.
(Old Dominion Univ.)
Ludwick, J. C.
(Old Dominion Univ.)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1973
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Publication: Symp. on Significant Results obtained from the ERTS-1, Vol. 1, Sect. A and B
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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