Satellite Mapped Imagery for CoastWatch

by William Pichel, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Washington, United States,
Marcia Weaks, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Washington, United States,
John Sapper, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Washington, United States,
Krishna Tadepalli, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Washington, United States,
Agni Jandhyala, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Washington, United States,
Sunita Ketineni, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Washington, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91

Abstract: The goal of CoastWatch, an activity within the new Coastal Ocean Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is to provide data and products for near real-time monitoring of U.S. coastal waters in support of environmental science and management. Satellite and conventional data and products are distributed electronically to NOAA and other governmental field offices which advise Federal and state environmental managers. The satellite data used in CoastWatch are in the form of high resolution (1.2 km) mapped visible and infrared imagery and derived products such as sea surface temperature obtained from the NOAA polar satellites. The satellite imagery is produced by a generalized mapping program which preserves the full radiometric precision and calibration accuracy of the satellite data. Additional products under development include a reflectivity/turbidity product derived from the visible and near infrared channels, visible and thermal infrared cloud masks, and ice imagery.

Subject Headings: Aerial photography | Federal government | Environmental issues | Mapping | Sea water | Information management | Information systems | Ocean engineering

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