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Detecting Submerged Macrophytes in a UK Chalk Stream Using Field Spectroscopy

Visser, Fleur and Smolar-Zvanut, Natasa (2009) Detecting Submerged Macrophytes in a UK Chalk Stream Using Field Spectroscopy. In: Annual Conference of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, 8-11 September 2009, Leicester.

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Abstract

Various studies using optical remote sensing in the marine environment have shown the possibilities of spectral discrimination of benthic macro and micro-algae. For in-land water bodies only very recently studies of have explored similar use of optical remote sensing to identify the taxonomic composition of algae and rooted plant communities. The importance of these communities for the functioning of river ecosystems warrants further research. In the study presented here, field spectroscopy is used to assess the possibilities of optically detecting macrophytes in a UK chalk streams. Spectral signatures of four common macrophytes were measured using a hand-held GER1500 spectroradiometer. Despite the strong absorption of near infrared in water, the results show that information on NIR can clearly contribute to the detection of submerged vegetation in shallow UK chalk stream environments. Observed spectra compare well with simulated submerged vegetation spectra, based on water absorption coefficients only. The field investigations, which were performed in the river Wylye, also indicate the confounding effects of specular reflection from riparian vegetation. The results of this study can inform remote sensing studies of the riverine environment using multi-spectral/low altitude sensors. Such larger scale studies will be highly beneficial for monitoring variation in chalk stream bioindicators, such as ranunculus.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: field spectroscopy, macrophytes, chalk streams
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Fleur Visser
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2009 13:14
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2010 13:53
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/700

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