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Landsat remote sensing of chlorophyll a concentrations in central North Island lakes of New Zealand

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We investigated the use of Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper (ETM) imagery to synoptically quantify chlorophyll a (chl a) concentrations. Two adjoining pairs of images of the central North Island were acquired on two different days in summer and spring 2002. 6sv atmospheric correction was compared to the cosine of the solar zenith angle correction (COST) dark object subtraction (DOS) atmospheric correction. The highest correlation between 6sv ln(Band 3) water surface reflectance and ln(chl a) was found in the 24 January 2002 image (r2 = 0.954). 6sv atmospheric correction was preferable to COST-DOS as it gave more realistic reflectance values at a clear-water reference site and produced the highest correlation coefficient. The results from this investigation suggest that remote sensing provides a valuable tool to assess temporal and spatial distributions of chl a in unmonitored areas within lakes and that predictions may also be extended to unmonitored lakes within the domain of satellite image capture.
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Affiliations: 1: Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand 2: Department of Geography Tourism and Environmental Planning, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand

Publication date: 2011-04-01

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