Characterization of Suspended Particulates in the Northern Gulf of Mexico from Ocean Color Remote Sensing
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The ecosystem in the Northern Gulf of Mexico NGOM is composed of fresh waters from coastal run-offs and the Mississippi River as well as clear-salty waters from the gulf. As a result, the composition of water constituents, as well as their spatial and temporal distributions, is complex and heterogeneous, with severe hypoxia events constantly happening in the NGOM region. In this study, using properties derived from measurements of ocean color radiance by a satellite sensor, the nature of the suspended particulates was characterized. In particular, not only the concentrations and their spatial distributions of suspended paniculate matters were derived from satellite images, but also the organicinorganic nature of these particulates were characterized with derived inherent optical properties These results could help us better understand the dynamics of coastal ecosystems and the development of hypoxia.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography