SLS - Kelly Luis (UMass Boston)

Kelly Luis (UMass Boston)
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Finding Clarity in the Crowd: Improved Water Quality Monitoring by Combining Multiple Data Sources

Kelly Luis
Marine Science and Technology

University of Massachusetts, Boston

Remote sensing databases store critical environmental information about our planet. As impacts of climate change intensify along coastal and inland water bodies, effective utilization of remote sensing platforms is essential for environmental monitoring and real- time decision-making. Thus, I develop, validate, and apply a remote sensing product for water clarity, an overall parameter of water quality. I investigate the impacts of individual sensor configurations on water clarity satellite products and evaluate statistical modeling approaches for bridging historical and present-day ocean color remote sensing platforms. This evaluation then informs the development and global validation of a harmonized water clarity product. Finally, I apply this product to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to document multi-decadal water clarity trends. Altogether, this improved water clarity product illustrates the value of combined data sources and provides a new tool for studying water quality change.

About this Series:

The Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Sack Lunch Seminar Series is an informal seminar series within PAOC that focuses on more specialized topics than the PAOC Colloquium. Seminar topics include all research concerning the science of atmosphere, ocean and climate. The seminars usually take place on Wednesdays from 12-1pm. The presentations are either given by an invited speaker or by a member of PAOC and can focus on new research or discussion of a paper of particular interest.