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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 26 — Dec. 30, 2002
  • pp: 1573–1584

Derivative analysis of absorption features in hyperspectral remote sensing data of carbonate sediments

Eric M. Louchard, R. Pamela Reid, Carol F. Stephens, Curtiss O. Davis, Robert A. Leathers, T. Valerie Downes, and Robert Maffione  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 26, pp. 1573-1584 (2002)

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This study uses derivative spectroscopy to assess qualitative and quantitative information regarding seafloor types that can be extracted from hyperspectral remote sensing reflectance signals. Carbonate sediments with variable concentrations of microbial pigments were used as a model system. Reflectance signals measured directly over sediment bottoms were compared with remotely sensed data from the same sites collected using an airborne sensor. Absorption features associated with accessory pigments in the sediments were lost to the water column. However major sediment pigments, chlorophyll a and fucoxanthin, were identified in the remote sensing spectra and showed quantitative correlation with sediment pigment concentrations. Derivative spectra were also used to create a simple bathymetric algorithm.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: November 6, 2002
Revised Manuscript: December 20, 2002
Published: December 30, 2002

Eric Louchard, R. Reid, Carol Stephens, Curtiss Davis, Robert Leathers, T. Downes, and Robert Maffione, "Derivative analysis of absorption features in hyperspectral remote sensing data of carbonate sediments," Opt. Express 10, 1573-1584 (2002)

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