Investigation into the use of satellite remote sensing data products as part of a multi-modal marine environmental monitoring network
O'Connor, Edel and Smeaton, Alan F. and O'Connor, Noel E. and Regan, Fiona (2012) Investigation into the use of satellite remote sensing data products as part of a multi-modal marine environmental monitoring network. In: SPIE Remote Sensing, 24-27 Sept, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
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In this paper it is investigated how conventional in-situ sensor networks can be complemented by the satellite data streams available through numerous platforms orbiting the earth and the combined analyses products available through services such as MyOcean. Despite the numerous benefits associated with the use of satellite remote sensing data products, there are a number of limitations with their use in coastal zones. Here the ability of these data sources to provide contextual awareness, redundancy and increased efficiency to an in-situ sensor network is investigated. The potential use of a variety of chlorophyll and SST data products as additional data sources in the SmartBay monitoring network in Galway Bay, Ireland is analysed. The ultimate goal is to investigate the ability of these products to create a smarter marine monitoring network with increased efficiency. Overall it was found that while care needs to be taken in choosing these products, there was extremely promising performance from a number of these products that would be suitable in the context of a number of applications especially in relation to SST. It was more difficult to come to conclusive results for the chlorophyll analysis.
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