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Introduction to Aquatic Remote Sensing

Welcome to our online introductory guide to Aquatic Remote Sensing!

Aquatic remote sensing refers to using above-ground imagery (i.e., satellite images) to view and understand marine and freshwater bodies of water. Remote sensing can be used to quantify changes in water quality and quantity and is frequently used to identify hazards such as harmful algal blooms and water runoff events. The materials on this site are designed to introduce you to aquatic remote sensing and aquatic optics concepts, data sources, and data processing.

These videos are intended to help users learn 1) how and where to access aquatic remote sensing data; 2) basic understanding of how to process data; 3) how to make informed decisions about using aquatic remote sensing. We are also in the process of releasing a 12-paged introductory handbook on the same topics, so stay tuned!

The guide includes four videos:

1. Introduction to Aquatic Remote Sensing 

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2. Aquatic Remote Sensing Data

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3. Ocean and Aquatic Optics

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4. Image Data Processing

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