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Optical Properties of the Great Lakes
Principal Investigators:George Leshkevich (GLERL), David O’Donnell (Upstate Freshwater Institute), Thomas Johengen (CILER), Allen Burton (CILER)
Measuring optical properties of the lakes is important for hydro-optical model development to be used for satellite retrieval of major color producing agents. The purpose of this work is to analyze measurement data collected in 2007 and 2008 on the Great Lakes. The project plans to output optical properties, including scatter, backscatter, absorption, water leaving radiance, remote sensing reflectance, and coincident measured water samples (chlorophyll, dissolved organic matter, dissolved organic carbon; suspended minerals) in the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) ocean color bands.