Remote sensing for water quality

Remote sensing for water quality

Project Date
2018 to 2019






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Remote sensing is an alternative to the traditional method of field sampling, which requires a great deal of time that is not easy for undergraduates to work into their schedule. We are thus exploring remote sensing as an alternative. Typically, remote sensing is used to find chlorophyll and NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index), but a variety of techniques are used for other water quality parameters. By obtaining NASA Landsat imagery it is possible to make a valid quantification of the amount of chlorophyll in any body of water.  We examined whether satellite data can be used to monitor water quality in local watersheds. This data can be shared with other departments on campus who would be interested in analyzing remote sensing, and gives us a way to see historic and future changes in water quality without needed to travel to collect samples. Remote sensing data is generously provided by     


Project Results
Title Format Download Students
"Exploration of Remote Sensing for Water Quality" poster E-mail Matthew Haynie
"Application of Landsat imagery for the quantification of Chlorophyll" poster E-mail Matthew Haynie