ASLO/AGU Ocean Science Session

15 August 2017 Published by

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Remote sensing in the estuarine and coastal zones: Applications on scales of ~1 km to 100s of km

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Session ID#: 29847

Session Description:

Remote sensing can capture spatial and temporal complexity in the estuarine and coastal zones that is difficult to represent with in situ observations. High-resolution wind, sea-surface temperature, sea-surface height, water velocity, and wave data are becoming increasingly available. Satellite sea surface temperature is available with <1 km resolution, satellite winds at <25 km, and satellite sea-surface height extending within 5-10 km of land. There are higher-resolution data from aircraft or land-based remote sensing, including surface currents and waves. However, existing satellite altimeters, measuring sea level variation, have data accuracy issues within <5 km of the coast and in estuaries. The upcoming SWOT (Surface Water Ocean Topography) mission (France, USA, Canada, UK) should alleviate this problem. We seek new and innovative applications of remote sensing within 1-100 kilometers of the coast and in estuaries. We welcome validation comparisons with in-situ data, but particularly encourage 1) proposed usage and expected contribution of the SWOT mission; 2) studies demonstrating specific issues with applying satellite data within 1-100 km of the coast and identifying ways forward, including recent advances in coastal/estuarine altimeter or wind retrieval; and 3) process studies or novel applications, especially use of multiple remotely sensed variables to address multidisciplinary questions.

Primary Chair:  Melanie R Fewings, University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences, Groton, CT, United States

Co-chairs:  Benoit Laignel, University of Rouen, Mont Saint Aignan, France, Pascal Matte, Environment Canada Dorval, Meteorological Research Division, Dorval, QC, Canada and Jorge Vazquez, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States

Index Terms:
3020 Littoral processes [MARINE GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS]
4217 Coastal processes [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]
4235 Estuarine processes [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]
4275 Remote sensing and electromagnetic processes [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]


  • AI – Air-Sea Interactions
  • E – Estuarine Processes
  • IS – Ocean Observatories, Instrumentation and Sensing Technologies
  • PS – Physical Oceanography: Mesoscale and Smaller

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