Multispectral Video Measurements Over the Chesapeake Bay

T. Niedrauer, C. Paul, J. Zaitzeff, P. Clemente-Colon


NOAA's Airborne Multispectral Measurement System (AMMS) is compared to NASA's Airborne Oceanographic Lidar (AOL) with its integral passive ocean color subsystem (POCS) by analyzing a data set collected in April 1991 over the Chesapeake Bay. In this remote sensing experiment, the AMMS and AOL were mounted on a NASA P3 aircraft that flew two passes over a study region at an altitude of 150 m, while a ship collected sea surface samples. The AMMS included a 6 channel multispectral video camera and upward and downward looking spectrometers. The AOL used a laser operating at 532 nm and a 32 channel passive radiometer. A ship gathered sea surface samples, which were analyzed for chlorophyll-a, pheophytin, and seston. The remote sensing measurements from the instruments were in good agreement when the effects of different sampling times and the different sampling areas are taken into consideration.


Remote sensing; imaging; airborne sensors

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