EPA Science Inventory

Barriers to adopting satellite remote sensing for water quality management

Citation:

SCHAEFFER, B. A., K. SCHAEFFER, D. J. KEITH, R. S. LUNETTA, R. N. CONMY, AND R. GOULD. Barriers to adopting satellite remote sensing for water quality management. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING. Taylor & Francis, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, 34(21):7534-7544, (2013).

Description:

Satellite technology can provide a robust and synoptic approach for measuring water quality parameters. Water quality measures typically include chlorophyll-a, suspended material, light attenuation, and colored dissolved organic matter. The Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean has high spatial resolution and ability to function near the land-water interface, which will be essential for future monitoring of water quality and sustainable water management of estuaries, lakes and reservoirs. To best realize the full application potential of these emerging satellite technologies an open and effective dialogue is needed between scientists, policy makers, environmental managers, and stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels. Mobile applications, such as the Mobile Access to Remote Sensing program under development by the Environmental Protection Agency, allow for stakeholders to provide feedback and policy makers and environmental managers to request a variety of tools to be developed for addressing their specific needs. Additionally, this capability provides scientists flexibility to disseminate complicated data structures over a user friendly platform.

Purpose/Objective:

Discuss the needs of water quality managers related to remote sensing and possible solutions. This manuscript highlights a mobile application construct.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 08/22/2013
Completion Date: 08/22/2013
Record Last Revised: 07/01/2014
Record Created: 02/24/2012
Record Released: 02/24/2012
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 241508

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

GULF ECOLOGY DIVISION

ECOSYSTEM DYNAMICS AND EFFECTS BRANCH