Editorial for the Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Water Quality"
Journal Article - Open Access
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON United States
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The importance of monitoring, preserving, and, where needed, improving the quality of water resources in the open ocean, coastal regions, estuaries, and inland water bodies cannot be overstated. Remote sensing of ocean color from spaceborne and airborne systems has become an indispensable tool for monitoring water quality. Recent advances in sensor technology and algorithm development have made it possible to move beyond mere estimates of biomass abundance and into quantitative measures of complex biophysical and biogeochemical processes. For instance, the development of spaceborne hyperspectral sensors, such as the upcoming Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean EcosystemPACE mission, will provide unprecedented spectral information at a global scale that can be used to quantitatively estimate the biogeochemical composition of water, detect pigment assemblages, and monitor ecological functional groups.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Water Pollution and Control