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Analysis of Thematic Mapper data for studying the suspended matter distribution in the coastal area of the German Bight (North Sea)Thematic Mapper data were analyzed with respect to its capability for mapping the complex structure and dynamics of suspended matter distribution in the coastal area of the German Bight (North Sea). Three independent pieces of information were found by factor analysis of all seven TM channels: suspended matter concentration, atmospheric scattering, and sea surface temperature. For the required atmospheric correction, the signal-to-noise ratios of Channels 5 and 7 have to be improved by averaging over 25 x 25 pixels, which also makes it possible to monitor the aerosol optical depth and aerosol type over cloud-free water surfaces. Near-surface suspended matter concentrations may be detected with an accuracy of factor less than 2 by using an algorithm derived from radiative transfer model calculation. The patchiness of suspended matter and its relation to underwater topography was analyzed with autocorrelation and cross-correlation.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Doerffer, R.
(GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht Germany)
Fischer, J.
(GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht Germany)
Stoessel, M.
(GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht Germany)
Brockmann, C.
(GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH Federal Republic of Germany, United States)
Grassl, H.
(Max-Planck-Institut fuer Meteorologie Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany, United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1989
Publication Information
Publication: Remote Sensing of Environment
Volume: 28
ISSN: 0034-4257
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
Accession Number
Distribution Limits

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