Estimation of chlorophyll‐ a concentration in Lake Tai, China using in situ hyperspectral data

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Reflectance spectra of water in Lake Tai of East China were measured at 28 monitoring stations with an ASD FieldSpec spectroradiometer at an interval of 1.58 nm over five days in each month from June to August of 2004. Water samples collected at these stations were analyzed in the laboratory to determine chlorophyll‐ a (chl‐ a ) concentration. Twenty‐eight spectral reflectance curves were standardized and correlated with chl‐ a concentration. Examination of these curves reveals a peak reflectance at 719 nm. Chl‐ a concentration level in the Lake was most closely correlated with the reflectance near 700 nm. If regressed against the reflectance at the wavelength of 667 nm ( R 667 ), chl‐ a concentration was not accurately estimated at R 2  = 0.494. Accuracy of estimation was improved to R 2  = 0.817 using the maximum reflectance. A higher accuracy of 0.837 was achieved using the peak reflectance at 719 nm ( R 719 ) because it does not drift with the level of chl‐ a concentration. The highest accuracy of estimation was achieved at R 2  = 0.868 using R 719 / R 667 .

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: College of Geographical Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, People's Republic of China 2: School of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand

Publication date: October 10, 2006

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