Special Issue "Bio-Optical Oceanic Remote Sensing"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Bradley Penta
Guest Editor
Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, MS., United States
Interests: coupled physical-biological-optical modeling; harmful algal blooms; Gulf of Mexico hypoxia; bio-physical interactions; remote sensing; trophic level interactions
Prof. Dr. Victor S. Kuwahara
Guest Editor
Graduate School of Engineering, Soka University, Hachioji, Japan
Interests: biological oceanography; environmental optics, apparent and inherent optical properties in marine ecosystems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Optical remote sensing of the ocean has made significant advancements in recent years with the emergence of new sensors and platforms. However, algorithms that utilize the new remotely sensed data, and provide ocean color-derived products for scientific, regulatory, and commercial uses need to be continuously calibrated and validated with commensurate in situ bio-optical datasets. In situ bio-optical data sets that cover multiple spatial and temporal scales are critical for reliable global extrapolations.

Consequently, in this Special Issue, we encourage the submission of manuscripts focusing on the development and validation of new bio-optical remote sensing algorithms for oceanic and coastal waters. The goal of this Special Issue is to emphasize the essential criticality of coupling remote sensing measurements and algorithms with in situ measurements.

Authors are encouraged to submit articles concerning, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • In situ validation of ocean color products
  • Vicarious validation of ocean color sensors
  • Hyperspectral remote sensing algorithm development
  • Ocean color products related to:
    o Harmful algal bloom (HAB) detection and tracking
    o Phytoplankton functional types (PFT)
    o Higher trophic levels
    o Optical water mass classification
    o Biogeochemical cycles
  • New and future applications of remote sensing ocean color sensors

Dr. Bradley Penta
Prof. Dr. Victor S. Kuwahara
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Ocean color
  • Bio‐optical algorithms
  • Optically complex waters
  • Vicarious calibration
  • In situ validation
  • Apparent optical properties (AOPs)
  • Inherent optical properties (IOPs)
  • Phytoplankton functional types (PFTs)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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