Remote Sensing of Water Quality

EPA Grant Number: R829458C001
Subproject: this is subproject number 001 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R829458
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: EAGLES - Consortium for Estuarine Ecoindicator Research for the Gulf of Mexico
Center Director: Brouwer, Marius
Title: Remote Sensing of Water Quality
Investigators: Han, Luoheng
Institution: University of Southern Mississippi
Current Institution: University of Alabama , University of Southern Mississippi
EPA Project Officer: Hiscock, Michael
Project Period: December 1, 2001 through November 30, 2005 (Extended to May 20, 2007)
RFA: Environmental Indicators in the Estuarine Environment Research Program (2000) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Water , Ecosystems , Ecological Indicators/Assessment/Restoration

Objective:

During Year 1 of this Consortium for Estuarine Ecoindicator Research for the Gulf of Mexico (CEER-GOM) project, Pensacola Bay was studied using satellite, close-range hyperspectral, and water sampling data. The primary objectives of this research project are to study the spatio-temporal relationship between remote sensing data, chlorophyll-a, and turbidity. In collaboration with the Gulf Ecology Division (GED), we collected spectral signature data at 16 sampling sites over four monthly periods. These data were successfully linked with chlorophyll-a and other water quality parameters measured by GED. On the satellite data selection and processing, images that match the water sampling cruises were unavailable due to cloud cover. Satellite images were processed using spectral clustering technique and cross-validated using data from a concurrent water sampling cruise.

The major objectives of Year 1 of the project were to: (1) select suitable scenes and acquire high-resolution satellite images; (2) establish the relationship between in situ chlorophyll-a measures and image signature; (3) estimate chlorophyll-a for three estuaries and analyze its spatio-temporal pattern; (4) establish the relationship between in situ water turbidity measure and image signature; (5) estimate turbidity for three estuaries and analyze its spatio-temporal pattern; and (6) hold biannual meetings with CEER researchers and coastal 2000 managers.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this subproject: View all 8 publications for this subprojectView all 171 publications for this center

Journal Articles:

Journal Articles have been submitted on this subproject: View all 2 journal articles for this subprojectView all 48 journal articles for this center

Supplemental Keywords:

population, community, ecosystem, watersheds, estuary, Gulf of Mexico, nutrients, hypoxia, innovative technology, ecoindicators, biomarkers, water quality, remote sensing, integrated assessment, risk assessment, fisheries, conservation, restoration., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Geographic Area, Water, ECOSYSTEMS, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, estuarine research, Ecology, Aquatic Ecosystems & Estuarine Research, Ecosystem/Assessment/Indicators, Ecosystem Protection, Aquatic Ecosystem, Aquatic Ecosystems, Environmental Monitoring, Ecological Monitoring, Ecology and Ecosystems, Gulf of Mexico, Ecological Indicators, monitoring, remote sensing, ecoindicator, ecological exposure, estuaries, estuarine integrity, Mobile Bay, Galveston Bay, Apalachicola Bay, CEER-GOM, estuarine ecoindicator, environmental indicators, environmental stress, restoration, water quality, estuarine waters

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2002 Progress Report
  • 2003 Progress Report
  • 2004 Progress Report
  • 2005 Progress Report
  • 2006
  • Final

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R829458    EAGLES - Consortium for Estuarine Ecoindicator Research for the Gulf of Mexico

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R829458C001 Remote Sensing of Water Quality
    R829458C002 Microbial Biofilms as Indicators of Estuarine Ecosystem Condition
    R829458C003 Individual Level Indicators: Molecular Indicators of Dissolved Oxygen Stress in Crustaceans
    R829458C004 Data Management and Analysis
    R829458C005 Individual Level Indicators: Reproductive Function in Estuarine Fishes
    R829458C006 Collaborative Efforts Between CEER-GOM and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-Gulf Ecology Division (GED)
    R829458C007 GIS and Terrestrial Remote Sensing
    R829458C008 Macrobenthic Process Indicators of Estuarine Condition for the Northern Gulf of Mexico
    R829458C009 Modeling and Integration