Multispectral Scanner Studies of the Ocean off the Oregon Coast.
OREGON STATE UNIV CORVALLIS SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY
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The objectives of this study were to learn how the radiances of backscattered light of different bandwidths 1 change with distance offshore, 2 correlate with infrared measurements of sea surface temperature, and 3 vary among and within Columbia River plume, upwelled and oceanic waters. In general, color patterns were highly correlated with sea surface temperatures. Nevertheless, some color features were found that indicated more about the age and advection of water than could be inferred from study of temperatures alone. Color variations in the region of the plume were frequently complex and highly structured. Numerous problems developed in the analysis and interpretation of the scanner data that proved difficult to solve and limited the general applicability of the system for quantitative study of ocean color.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography