Variability of bio-optical properties in nearshore waters of the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence

The latest paper from the lab is out! The results presented represent a first step towards developing local-scale remote sensing products for the studied regions. For such products, radiometric data collected concomitantly with the present dataset will permit evaluation of empirical relationships as well as allow the verification of optical coherence between measured IOPs and AOPs through radiative transfer simulations (optical closure).

Emerging satellite technologies and the synergy of using multi-resolution sensors will favor not only the scientific community investigating these environments, but also help to improve their management. The bio-optical investigation presented here brings new insights into the variability of fundamental absorption and backscattering coefficients in these areas, which, in turn, will have consequences on satellite-based estimations of biogeochemical variables.

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