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Validation of MERIS ocean-color products in the Bohai Sea: A case study for turbid coastal waters

Cui, Tingwei et al.

Remote sensing of environment. Volume 114:Issue 10 (2010, October); pp 2326-2336

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  • Title:
    Validation of MERIS ocean-color products in the Bohai Sea: A case study for turbid coastal waters
  • Author: Cui, Tingwei;
    Zhang, Jie;
    Groom, Steve;
    Sun, Ling;
    Smyth, Timothy;
    Sathyendranath, Shubha
  • Found In: Remote sensing of environment. Volume 114:Issue 10 (2010, October); pp 2326-2336
  • Journal Title: Remote sensing of environment
  • Subjects: Ocean-color--Validation--MERIS--Bohai Sea--Remote-sensing
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Abstract: Abstract An extensive in situ data set in the Bohai Sea of China was collected to assess radiometric properties and concentrations of ocean constituents derived from Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS). The data collected include spectral normalized water-leaving radiance L wn( λ ) and concentrations of suspended particulate matter (SPM) and chlorophyll a (Chl-a). A strict spatio-temporal match-up method was adopted in view of the complexity and variability of the turbid coastal area, resulting in 13, 48 and 18 match-ups for MERIS L wn( λ ), SPM and Chl-a estimates, respectively. For MERIS L wn( λ ), the match-ups showed mean absolute percentage differences (APD) of 17%–20% in the 412, 443, 620 and 665 nm bands, whereas L wn( λ ) at bands from 490 and 560 nm had better APD of 15–16%. The band ratio of L wn(490) to L wn(560) of the satellite data was in good agreement with in situ observations with an APD of 4%. MERIS SPM and Chl-a products overestimated the in situ values, with the APD of approximately 50% and 60%, respectively. When match-up criteria were relaxed, the assessment results degraded systematically. Hence, in turbid coastal areas where temporal variability and spatial heterogeneity of bio-optical properties may be pronounced as the result of terrestrial influences and local dynamics, the strict spatio-temporal match-up is recommended.
  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCvdc_100081728968.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0034-4257; 10.1016/j.rse.2010.05.009
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): 7356.820000
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100081728968.0x000001

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