Satellite Observations of Water Quality

by Graham P. Harris, Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Biology, McMaster Univ., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada,
J. Edward Bruton, Remote Sensing Section, Canada Centre for Inland Waters, Burlington, Ontario, Canada,
Robert P. Bukata, Head; Remote Sensing Section, Canada Centre for Inland Waters, Burlington, Ontario, Canada,


Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 3, Pg. 537-554


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: LANDSAT-1 observations of water quality indicate that hydrography, suspended solids, and chlorophyll a can be measured with MSS bands 4, 5, and 6, respectively. As a summary of both published and unpublished work performed at CCIW and McMaster University in the pattern recognition studies of the LANDSAT-1 digital data collected over the Laurentian Great Lakes, results are reviewed of the physical interpretations ascribed to data of the pattern observed in various combinations of the radiance bands while absent in others. Band-by-band limnological interpretations of the patterns observed in the digital print-outs of the LANDSAT-1 apparent radiance data are given.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Data collection | Hydrologic data | Radiation | Hydrographs | Turbidity | Solid mechanics | Colleges and universities

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