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A manual for remote sensing of Maine lake clarity

March 26, 2022

The purpose of this manual is to support use of satellite-based remote sensing for statewide lake water-quality monitoring in Maine. The authors describe step-by-step methods that combine Landsat and MODIS satellite data with field-collected Secchi disk data for statewide assessment of lake water clarity. Landsat can be simul­taneously used to assess more than Maine 1,000 lakes ≥ 8 ha, whereas MODIS can be used to assess a maximum of 364 lakes ≥ 100 ha (250-m image resolution) or 83 lakes ≥ 400 ha (500-m image resolution). Although the methods were specifically developed for Maine, other states or non-Maine agen­cies may find these methods as useful starting points in developing their own protocols for regional remote lake monitoring.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2013
Title A manual for remote sensing of Maine lake clarity
Authors Ian M. McCullough, Cyndy Loftin, Steven A. Sader
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype State or Local Government Series
Series Title Technical Bulletin of the Maine Agricultural & Forest Experiment Station
Series Number 207
Index ID 70174161
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coop Res Unit Leetown