Calibration of Optical Remote Sensing Data in the Shallow Marine Environment: Defining the Bathymetric, Geologic, and Suspended Sediment Variables
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA SAINT PETERSBURG COLL OF MARINE SCIENCE
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Our group is investigating the inner west Florida shelf to determine 1 the distribution of sediments and the associated bathymetry, 2 forcing mechanisms processes for particle erosion, vertical particle mixing, and sedimentation, and 3 the effects of these processes on the optical properties of the water column in terms of remote-sensing. These tasks are being performed using innovative sensor and sampling methodologies that provide synergy among the following optical and acoustical measurements of the distribution of suspended sediment, bottom albedo and microtopography, bathymetry, bottom type, hydrodynamics, and particle dynamics. Measurements of forcing, observed both locally and from as far away as 60 km, will be related to observations of suspended particles and optical properties at two sites in terms of evaluating short-term predictions of erosional potential, suspended sediment distributions, and the effect on the optical properties of the water column. While this provides a broad set of goals for the joint effort, specific goals for each component e.g. optical, acoustic, hydrodynamic, and particle-dynamic are addressed in individual proposals.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology