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Estimating and mapping chlorophyll‐ a concentration in Pensacola Bay, Florida using Landsat ETM+ data

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The purpose of this study was to develop algorithms for estimating chlorophyll‐ a concentration in Pensacola Bay using Landsat 7 ETM+ data. The techniques used were band ratioing and regression modelling. Pensacola Bay is located on the west end of the Florida panhandle. As one of 39 estuaries located on the Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola Bay is impacted largely by rivers. The Landsat ETM+ data were first geometrically rectified. Then brightness values were converted to reflectance through the radiometric correction process. For the regression models, logarithmically transformed chlorophyll‐ a was used as the dependent variable. Single bands, band ratios and logarithmically transformed band ratios were the independent variables. R 2 values were computed and evaluated. Results from the study indicate that the ratio of ETM+1/ETM+3 was the most effective in estimating chlorophyll‐ a . Using this model a chlorophyll‐ a map was generated for Pensacola Bay.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487‐0322, USA

Publication date: December 10, 2005

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