Science Serving Maryland's Coasts


Satellite remote sensing with SeaWiFS to detect seasonal and interannual variability in phytoplankton abundance in the Chesapeake Bay and adjacent coastal waters

Principal Investigator: 

Lawrence W. Harding, Jr.

Start/End Year: 

1994 to 1998


Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Co-Principal investigator: 

Wayne E. Esaias, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA


The objective of the proposed research is to use ocean color data from the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) to determine the distribution of chlorophyll in the Chesapeake Bay and adjacent coastal waters. This work will concentrate on the development of Case 2 pigment algorithms for estuarine and coastal waters, development of a long-term climatology for the Bay, and integration of satellite, aircraft, and shipboard data into a geographic information system (GIS) for geographic data base development, graphical display, and spatial modeling using UNIX ARC/INFO.