Current and historical monitoring of Saginaw Bay water quality using satellite remote sensing

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Utilizing a variety of sources of satellite based imagery, an extensive body of derived remote sensing products have been generated for the Saginaw Bay region of Lake Huron. Satellite-based sensors such as Landsat, CZCS, SeaWiFS, MODIS, and MERIS form a continuous source of environmental observations dating back to the mid 1970s. With different spatial, spectral and temporal scales, each satellite sensor provides an important piece to the detailed time series of remote sensing information derived for Saginaw Bay. Remote sensing products include bottom type mapping, water clarity, lake surface temperature, sediment plume extent, primary productivity, land cover, and concentrations of chlorophyll, dissolved organic carbon, and suspended minerals. Together these derived remote sensing products can help a variety of stakeholders including government agencies, scientists, local resources managers, and the public track recent and historical changes in Saginaw Bay and help monitor the impacts of restoration efforts.

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© 2013 The authors.

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IAGLR 56th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research