NASA airborne AVIRIS and DCS remote sensing of coral reefs

L. Guild, B. Lobitz, R. Armstrong, F. Gilbes, A. Gleason, J. Goodman, E. Hochberg, M. Monacoh, R. Berthold

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Abstract

To adequately image through a water column and to delineate variation in coral reef ecosystem benthic types, sensors having high spatial, e.g., a Cirrus digital camera system (DCS), and spectral, e.g., the Airborne Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS), resolution and high signal to noise are needed. Further, there is a need to better understand the optical properties of coral reefs, seagrass, other benthic types, and water column constituents from field-collected data so current and future remote sensing can be optimized for coastal zone ecosystem research and management. In August 2004, we flew the AVIRIS and DCS on a NASA ER-2 over the Florida Keys and Puerto Rico. In March 2005, we flew AVIRIS/DCS on the Twin Otter over Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. Also, in December 2005, we flew AVIRIS/DCS on the Twin Otter over Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for assessment of the 2005 Caribbean coral reef bleaching event. For each of these deployments, we collected coincident spectral data from dominant bottom types and coral under various health conditions using a hand-held spectroradiometer. These spectral data will be used to classify the benthic types within the AVIRIS imagery. An overview of the airborne missions and coincident field data collection will be presented along with preliminary image and field-collected spectral data products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2007
Event32nd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment: Sustainable Development Through Global Earth Observations - San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: Jun 25 2007Jun 29 2007

Conference

Conference32nd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment: Sustainable Development Through Global Earth Observations
Country/TerritoryCosta Rica
CitySan Jose
Period6/25/076/29/07

Keywords

  • Airborne remote sensing
  • AVIRIS
  • Coral reefs
  • Hyperspectral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Environmental Engineering

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