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Satellite Ocean Color for Reef Turbidity

ESSIC/CISESS scientists Erick Geiger, Gang Liu, and Jacqueline De La Cour at NOAA Coral Reef Watch have a new article on satellite ocean color data published in the 13 April 2021 issue of Frontiers in Marine Science. The goal of their study was to determine how best to fill satellite data gaps from cloud cover and quality control exclusions in shallow water. They tested a combination of six spatial (horizontal scale below) and seven temporal scales (vertical scale below) for aggregating data from the VIIRS instrument at several coral reef locations in Maui, Hawai‘i and Puerto Rico and compared these with in situ measurements of water turbidity.

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