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CSIRO lecture - too complex?

Post by Dingus » Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:06 pm

The CSIRO here are holding a free to attend seminar Friday night entitled:

CSIRO's new remote sensing algorithms for coastal water quality assessment

My question is for those involved in this type of area - would this be too complex to appreciate for the unschooled in this field?

Here's the summation:

Global ocean colour algorithms significantly overestimate chlorophyll concentrations for the CDOM dominated coastal waters around Tasmania and the optically complex coastal waters of the Great Barrier Reef. In this work we describe the development, application and validation of the coupling of two physics-based inversion algorithms with the objective to improve the accuracy of chlorophyll estimates from remote sensing data in coastal waters. In this application, the proposed coupled algorithms derive apparent and inherent optical properties from spectral radiance measurement of the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) on-board of the NASA Earth Observation Systems (EOS) Terra and Aqua spacecrafts. The proposed coupled algorithms are generic in nature and can be applied to any other ocean colour sensor, like MERIS, SeaWiFS or OCM. The retrieval of optical properties is composed of two steps. First, an atmospheric correction algorithm based on inverse modelling of radiative transfer simulations and artificial neural network (ANN) inversion, derives the remote sensing reflectance at mean sea level on a pixel-by-pixel basis. Second, the inherent optical properties and the concentrations of the optically active constituents are retrieved from atmospherically corrected spectra by inverting a semi-analytical model with a variable specific inherent optical properties (SIOP) parameterization. The underlying SIOP sets of the semi-analytical model were derived from in-situ optical measurements in Tasmanian and Great Barrier Reef coastal waters.

So what's your opinion? I'm happy to try to absorb anything, but will this be an acronym spattered evening aimed way above the average head?

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