Developing and applying user-friendly web portals for sharing Great Lakes remote sensing data

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In recent years, more satellite-derived remote sensing products have become available for the Great Lakes, and several related efforts have developed to enable greater sharing of these valuable data. Working closely with NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch and the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) Data Management and Communications (DMAC) group, MTRI has been applying a combination of custom portals, standardized data sharing methods, appropriate metadata, and useful symbolization to make these data more available to end users and other stakeholders. At MTRI's "Satellite-Derived Great Lakes Remote Sensing" portal (http://www.greatlakesremotesensing.org/), MTRI Color Producing Agent Algorithm (CPA-A) products such as chlorophyll, dissolved organic carbon, and suspended minerals along with Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) maps can be viewed for the satellite cloud-free season (usually April - October). A process is underway with NOAA to make the CPA-A data available for display and download through the Great Lakes CoastWatch node. The GLOS Data Portal has been working through its DMAC committee to make remote sensing data available, along with recent ship-based data, thermistor chain data, and optical properties information.

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© 2015 The authors.

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IAGLR 58th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research