The use of Space Shuttle images to improve cloud detection in mapping of tropical coral reef environments

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Landsat and SPOT sensor data used for coral reef mapping were combined with multidate Space Shuttle photographs and digital video to distinguish small clouds from reef features. By using public-domain data from human spaceflights, we could use multidate techniques to improve mapping while reducing the number of satellite sensor images that had to be purchased. Results are illustrated for South Pacific atolls.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of South Florida, Remote Sensing Biological Oceanography Laboratory, College of Marine Science, 140, 7th Av. South, St Petersburg, FL 33701, USA 2: Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center, 2400 NASA Road 1, C23 Houston, TX 77058, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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