Aircraft and satellite remote sensing to detect seasonal and interannual variability in the distribution and abundance of phytoplankton in Chesapeake Bay and adjacent coastal waters

Principal Investigator:

Lawrence W. Harding, Jr.

Start/End Year:

1995 - 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 aircraft remote sensing to determine the distribution of chlorophyll in Chesapeake Bay. We will use a combination of the data from aircraft overflights with two instruments, the Ocean Data Acquisition System (ODAS) and the SeaWiFS Aircraft Simulator (SAS II), with those from Shipboard and satellite studies to assess the relationship of principal forcing functions in the Bay to seasonal and interannual variations in phytoplankton abundance. A series of 25-30 flights is proposed for 1996. Spanning late February through October. This project represents a continuation of the regional remote sensing program we have developed in recent years.

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