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Smart Phone Application Development and Demonstration in Support of EPA HICO Imagery for Coastal and Ocean Protection
Keith, D., B. Schaeffer, R. Lunetta, R. Conmy, M. Murphy, AND T. Hultgren. Smart Phone Application Development and Demonstration in Support of EPA HICO Imagery for Coastal and Ocean Protection. Presented at International Space Station Research and Development Conference. (3rd Annual), Chicago, IL, June 17 - 19, 2014.
This study proves that a prototype smart phone application can successfully provide water quality information from the Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HICO) on the International Space Station (ISS) for environmental monitoring and assessments of biological condition in coastal and estuarine systems. During his study, data products were produced and distributed via Blackberry operating systems to clients in the EPA Office of Water for testing and technology demonstration. This application represents another example of how space-based remotely sensed data can assist clients in sustainable management practices and inform the general public about water quality conditions.
High resolution spectral data from the ISS Hyperspectral Imager of the Coastal Ocean (HICO) system has been used to map the spatial distribution of selected water quality indicators for four Florida Gulf Coast estuaries from 2010-2012. HICO is the first hyperspectral imager specifically made for the environmental characterization of the coastal ocean from space. Using atmospherically-corrected hyperspectral HICO imagery and a comprehensive field validation program, data products were derived to estimate basic water quality properties traditionally measured by environmental monitoring agencies. To provide data access by stakeholders and clients, a prototype smart phone application was also developed for both the android (most stakeholders) and Blackberry operating systems (standard for EPA Regional and Program Offices). The application was optimized, tested, and demonstrated for the delivery of HICO data products to EPA clients. Application development included HICO imagery downloads, user registration, data sub-setting, and imagery/map data backdrop development. A series of geographic location chips was developed for each estuary to support rapid georeferencing and reprojection of HICO data products. A series of map/image backdrops was also developed for each estuary to support rapid assembly of HICO data products for smart phone dissemination. Examples of HICO imagery, data products and applications as viewed on the mobile application will be presented. The information presented will assist stakeholders in sustainable management practices and inform the general public about water quality conditions.
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Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY
ATLANTIC ECOLOGY DIVISION
MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT BRANCH