Spectral remote sensing reflectance of the water surface collected at multiple stations on cruises DP03 and DP04, May-August 2016
Data Collection Period
2016-05-02 to 2016-08-18
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC)
Remote sensing reflectance, Rrs(λ), is used for validation of airborne and satellite ocean color measurements. Inverse models also employ Rrs measurements to estimate the bio-optical properties of near-surface waters or shallow benthic environments. It has been used to detect algal blooms, floating vegetation. The presence of oil also alters the water’s specular reflectance properties, and thus the measured Rrs. Rrs(λ) is measured from the ship using a handheld spectroradiometer. Multiple measurements of the light reflected from the water’s surface, a portion of the sky, and a calibrated, diffuse reflectance reference plaque are made using a spectroradiometer with a limited field of view. The Rrs measurement is most reliable during moderate solar elevations, using observational angles consistent with remote sensing protocols. Multiple radiance measurements are combined in the computation of Rrs(λ).
Hu, Chuanmin, David English, Jacki Long, Shaojie Sun, and Jenifer Cannizzaro. Spectral remote sensing reflectance of the water surface collected at multiple stations on cruises DP03 and DP04, May-August 2016. 2017. Distributed by: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC), Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. doi: 10.7266/N7NC5ZK6
Remote sensing reflectance was measured to help relate the optical properties and material within the surface waters to values derived from above water or ocean color satellite measurements.