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Remote Sens. 2017, 9(2), 180;

An Empirical Ocean Colour Algorithm for Estimating the Contribution of Coloured Dissolved Organic Matter in North-Central Western Adriatic Sea

CNR-ISMAR Institute of Marine Sciences, National Research Council, L.go Fiera della Pesca, 2, 60125 Ancona, Italy
CNR-IMAA Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis, National Research Council, C.da S. Loja, 85050 Tito Scalo (PZ), Italy
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Academic Editors: Yunlin Zhang, Claudia Giardino, Linhai Li, Deepak R. Mishra and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 7 December 2016 / Revised: 20 January 2017 / Accepted: 9 February 2017 / Published: 21 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Optics and Water Colour Remote Sensing)
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The performance of empirical band ratio models were evaluated for the estimation of Coloured Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) using MODIS ocean colour sensor images and data collected on the North-Central Western Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean Sea). Relationships between in situ measurements (2013–2016) of CDOM absorption coefficients at 355 nm (aCDOM355) with several MODIS satellite band ratios were evaluated on a test data set. The prediction capability of the different linear models was assessed on a validation data set. Based on some statistical diagnostic parameters (R2, APD and RMSE), the best MODIS band ratio performance in retrieving CDOM was obtained by a simple linear model of the transformed dependent variable using the remote sensing reflectance band ratio Rrs(667)/Rrs(488) as the only independent variable. The best-retrieved CDOM algorithm provides very good results for the complex coastal area along the North-Central Western Adriatic Sea where the Po River outflow is the main driving force in CDOM and nutrient circulation, which in winter mostly remains confined to a coastal boundary layer, whereas in summer it spreads to the open sea as well. View Full-Text
Keywords: Western Adriatic Sea; CDOM; MODIS; remote sensing Western Adriatic Sea; CDOM; MODIS; remote sensing

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Campanelli, A.; Pascucci, S.; Betti, M.; Grilli, F.; Marini, M.; Pignatti, S.; Guicciardi, S. An Empirical Ocean Colour Algorithm for Estimating the Contribution of Coloured Dissolved Organic Matter in North-Central Western Adriatic Sea. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 180.

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