Remote sensing and the science, monitoring, and management of aquatic coastal ecosystems / Laurie L. Richardson and Ellsworth F. Ledrew -- Extreme events and perturbations of coastal ecosystems / William Skirving [and others] -- Optical remote sensing techniques to estimate phytoplankton chlorophyll a concentrations in coastal waters with varying suspended matter and CDOM concentrations / John F. Schalles -- A tool for inverse modeling of spectral measurements in deep and shallow waters / Peter Gege and Andreas Albert -- Integrating of coral reef ecosystem process studies and remote sensing / John Brock, Kimberly Yates and Robert Halley -- Infrastructure and capabilities of a near real-time meteorological and oceanographic in situ instrumented array, and its role in marine environmental decision support / James C. Hendee [and others] -- Airborne laser altimetry for predictive modeling of coastal storm-surge flooding / Tim L. Webster and Donald L. Forbes -- Integration of new data types with historical archives to provide insight into coastal ecosystem change and variability / Jennifer Gebelen -- Observing coastal waters with spaceborne sensors / Brian G. Whitehouse and Daniel Hutt -- The role of integrated information acquisition and management in the analysis of coastal ecosystem change / Stuart Phinn [and others] -- Mapping of coral reefs for management of marine protected areas in developing nations using remote sensing / Candace M. Newman, Ellesworth F. Ledrew, and Alan Lim -- Data synthesis for coastal and coral reef ecosystem management at regional and global scales / Julie A. Robinson, Serge Andrefouet and lauretta Burke -- Recommendations for scientists and managers for application of remote sensing to coastal waters / Ellsworth F. Ledrew and Laurie L. Richardson. "The aquatic coastal zone is one of the most challenging targets for environmental remote sensing. Properties such as bottom reflectance, spectrally diverse suspended sediments and phytoplankton communities, diverse benthic communities, and transient events that affect surface reflectance (coastal blooms, runoff, etc.) all combine to produce an optical complexity not seen in terrestrial or open ocean systems. Despite this complexity, remote sensing is proving to be an invaluable tool for "Case 2" waters. This book presents recent advances in coastal remote sensing with an emphasis on applied science and management. Case studies of the operational use of remote sensing in ecosystem studies, monitoring, and interfacing remote sensing/science/management are presented. Spectral signatures of phytoplankton and suspended sediments are discussed in detail with accompanying discussion of why blue water (Case 1) algorithms cannot be applied to Case 2 waters. This book is targeted for scientists and managers interested in using remote sensing in the study or management of aquatic coastal environments. With only limited discussion of optics and theory presented in the book, such researchers might benefit from the detailed presentations of aquatic spectral signatures, and to operational management issues. While not specifically written for remote sensing scientists, it will prove to be a useful reference for this community for the current status of aquatic coastal remote sensing. n interactive CD accompanies this book containing the WASI program by Peter Gege (DLR, Germany). The WASI program allows users to interactively manipulate and view coastally relevant spectra. The CD also contains full color images of a selection of illustrations which are printed as black and white figures in the book."--Publisher's description.