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BELCOLOUR - Optical remote sensing of coastal waters
www.mumm.ac.be/BELCOLOUR

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Parent project: Support to the Exploitation and Research of Earth Observation data 1, more
Reference no: SR/00/003
Acronym: BELCOLOUR 1
Period: December 2001 till June 2006
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Chlorophylls; Coastal waters; Remote sensing; Suspended matter
Geographical term: Belgium [Marine Regions]

Institutes (4)  Top | Publications | Dataset 
  • Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen; Departement Beheer van het Mariene Ecosysteem; Beheerseenheid Mathematisch Model Noordzee en Schelde-estuarium; Brussel (KBIN-BMM), more, co-ordinator
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles; École Interfacultaire de Bioingénieurs; Laboratoire d'Écologie des Systèmes Aquatiques (ESA), more, partner
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie; Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO), more, partner
  • Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), more, sponsor

Abstract:
The BELCOLOUR project brings together Belgian teams to form an expert group for optical remote sensing of coastal waters.

The objective of the project is to improve the theoretical basis and software tools for applications of suspended matter and chlorophyll-based products in coastal waters. Existing products will be improved by theoretical advances and by use of new sensors, product quality will be assessed and future applications will be prepared.

The target products are suspended matter and chlorophyll concentration maps for coastal waters and derived higher level products.

The target region is Belgian coastal waters but the methodology is generic and exportable.

The primary target user group is coastal zone environmental managers though further potential user groups have been identified and will be developed as products become more reliable and more cost-effective.

The project tasks are divided into the following work packages:

  1. Theory: Theoretical studies will focus on critical areas including aerosol correction, air-sea interface correction, bio-optical model inversion in high tripton/CDOM water and product error analysis.
  2. Measurements:

    1. Calibration measurements will focus on the chlorophyll-specific phytoplankton absorption and the suspended matter-specific backscatter.
    2. Seaborne experiments will be dedicated to improving specific algorithm components.
    3. Measurements from the AERONET sunphotometer and from the Belgian water quality monitoring programme will be further exploited.

  3. Image processing: Satellite imagery from a range of satellite and airborne optical sensors will be processed using a generic approach.
  4. User interaction: End-user needs will guide the development of higher level products and the design of future satellite-based systems.
  5. Dissemination: Results will be published in peer-reviewed articles and via Internet.
  6. International actions: Belgian experts will join/form international groups.

Responsibility of the partners is divided thematically as follows: ULB (Phytoplankton, inherent bio-optical properties), VITO (airborne), and MUMM (theory, satellite remote sensing).

Dataset  Top | Institutes | Publications 
  • Hyperspectral airborne imagery of Ostend, more

Publications (25)  Top | Institutes | Dataset 
  • Park, Y. (2004). A bidirectional water reflectance model with chlorophyll-a concentration and backscatter coefficient as input, in: Proceedings Ocean Optics XVII, 25-29 October 2004, Fremantle (Australia). pp. 1-7, more
  • Sterckx, S.; Debruyn, W. (2004). A hyperspectral view of the North Sea, in: Proceedings of the Airborne Imaging Spectroscopy workshop 8 October 2004 - Bruges, Belgium. pp. 1-9, more
  • Ruddick, K.; Park, Y.; Astoreca, R.; Borges, A.; Lacroix, G.; Lancelot, C.; Rousseau, V. (2008). Applications of the MERIS algal pigment products in Belgian waters, in: Proceedings of the 2nd MERIS/(A)ATSR User Workshop, 22–26 September 2008, ESRIN, Frascati, Italy. ESA Special Publications, 666: pp. 6, more
  • Ruddick, K.G.; Ovidio, F.; Rijkeboer, M. (2000). Atmospheric correction of SeaWiFS imagery for turbid coastal and inland waters. Appl. Opt. 39(6): 897-912, more
  • Gons, H.J.; Rijkeboer, M.; Ruddick, K.G. (2005). Effect of a waveband shift on chlorophyll retrieval from MERIS imagery of inland and coastal waters. J. Plankton Res. 27(1): 125-127. dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbh151, more
  • Van Mol, B.; Park, Y.; Ruddick, K.; Nechad, B. (2004). Mapping of chlorophyll and suspended particulate matter maps from CHRIS imagery of the Oostende core site, in: Lacoste, H. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2nd CHRIS/Proba Workshop 28-30 April 2004 ESRIN, Frascati, Italy. ESA Special Publications, 578: pp. 1-8, more
  • Ruddick, K.; Park, Y.; Nechad, B. (2003). MERIS imagery of Belgian coastal waters: mapping of suspended particulate matter and chlorophyll-a, in: Lacoste, H. (Ed.) (2004). Proceedings of MERIS User Workshop 10-13 November 2003 ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy. ESA Special Publications, 549: pp. 1-10, more
  • Park, Y.; Ruddick, K. (2005). Model of remote-sensing reflectance including bidirectional effects for case 1 and case 2 waters. Appl. Opt. 44(7-1): 1236-1249, more
  • Astoreca, R.; Rousseau, V.; Ruddick, K.; Van Mol, B.; Parent, J.-Y.; Lancelot, C. (2005). Optical properties of algal blooms in an eutrophicated coastal area and its relevance to remote sensing, in: Frouin, R.J. et al. (Ed.) Proceedings of the SPIE International Symposium on 'Optics and Photonics: Remote sensing of the coastal oceanic environment' held in San Diego, USA, 31st July-1st August 2005. Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering, 5885: pp. 1-11, more
  • De Cauwer, V.; Ruddick, K.; Park, Y.; Nechad, B.; Kyramarios, M. (2004). Optical remote sensing in support of eutrophication monitoring in the southern North Sea. EARSeL eProc. 3(2): 208-221, more
  • Ruddick, K.; Lacroix, G.; Lancelot, C.; Nechad, B.; Park, Y.; Peters, S.; Van Mol, B. (2008). Optical remote sensing in the North Sea, in: Barale, V. et al. (Ed.) Remote sensing of the European seas. pp. 79-90, more
  • Ruddick, K.G.; De Cauwer, V.; Park, Y.; Becu, G.; De Blauwe, J.-P.; De Vreker, E.; Deschamps, P.-Y.; Knockaert, M.; Nechad, B.; Pollentier, A.; Roose, P.; Saudemont, D.; Van Tuyckom, D. (2002). Preliminary validation of MERIS water products for Belgian coastal waters, in: Envisat Validation Workshop 9-13 December 2002 ESRIN, Frascati, Italy. ESA Special Publications, 531: pp. 1-15, more
  • Nechad, B.; Alvera-Azcaràte, A.; Ruddick, K.; Greenwood, N. (2011). Reconstruction of MODIS total suspended matter time series maps by DINEOF and validation with autonomous platform data. Ocean Dynamics 61(8): 1205-1214. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s10236-011-0425-4, more
  • Kempeneers, P.; Sterckx, S.; Debruyn, W.; De Backer, S.; Scheunders, P.; Park, Y.; Ruddick, K. (2005). Retrieval of oceanic constituents from ocean color using simulated annealing, in: Proceedings of the 25th International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) held in Seoul, 25-29, July, 2005. pp. 5651-5654, more
  • Ruddick, K.G.; De Cauwer, V.; Park, Y.; Moore, G. (2006). Seaborne measurements of near infrared water-leaving reflectance: the similarity spectrum for turbid waters. Limnol. Oceanogr. 51(2): 1167-1179, + 2 appendices, more
  • Astoreca, R.; Rousseau, V.; Lancelot, C. (2006). Specific phytoplankton absorption variability and implication for chlorophyll a retrieval in Belgian waters (Southern North Sea), in: Danesy, D. (Ed.) Proceedings of the Second Working Meeting on MERIS and AATSR Calibration and Geophysical Validation (MAVT-2006). 20-24 March 2006, ESRIN, Frascati (Italy). ESA Special Publications, 615: pp. 1-5, more
  • Nechad, B.; De Cauwer, V.; Park, Y.; Ruddick, K.G. (2003). Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) mapping from MERIS imagery. Calibration of a regional algorithm for the Belgian coastal waters, in: Lacoste, H. (Ed.) (2004). Proceedings of MERIS User Workshop 10-13 November 2003 ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy. ESA Special Publications, 549: pp. 1-6, more
  • Nechad, B.; Van den Eynde, D.; Fettweis, M.; Francken, F. (2003). Suspended particulate matter mapping from multitemporal SeaWiFS imagery over the southern North Sea - SEBAB project, in: Smits, P.C. et al. (Ed.) (2004). Analysis Of Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing Images: Proceedings Of The Second International Workshop on the Joint Research Centre Ispra, Italy 16-18 July 2003. pp. 357-367, more
  • Van Mol, B.; Ruddick, K. (2004). The Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (CHRIS): the future of hyperspectral satellite sensors. Imagery of Oostende coastal and inland waters, in: Proceedings of the Airborne Imaging Spectroscopy workshop 8 October 2004 - Bruges, Belgium. pp. 1-10, more
  • Van Mol, B.; Ruddick, K. (2005). Total suspended matter maps from CHRIS imagery of a small inland water body in Oostende (Belgium), in: Lacoste, H. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 3rd ESA CHRIS/Proba Workshop, 21-23 March 2005, ESRIN, Frascati, Italy. ESA Special Publications, 593: pp. 1-6, more
  • Pison, V.; Nechad, B. (2006). Towards an assimilation of MODIS-derived Sea Surface Temperature (SST) by the Optos_nos model, in: Dahlin, H. et al. European operational oceanography: present and future: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on EuroGOOS. pp. 154-158, more
  • Ruddick, K.; De Cauwer, V.; Van Mol, B. (2005). Use of the near infrared similarity reflectance spectrum for the quality control of remote sensing data, in: Frouin, R.J. et al. (Ed.) Proceedings of the SPIE International Symposium on 'Optics and Photonics: Remote sensing of the coastal oceanic environment' held in San Diego, USA, 31st July-1st August 2005. Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering, 5885: pp. 5885-1 (12 pages). dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.615152, more
  • Park, Y.; Van Mol, B.; Ruddick, K. (2006). Validation of MERIS water products for Belgian coastal waters: 2002-2005, in: Danesy, D. (Ed.) Proceedings of the Second Working Meeting on MERIS and AATSR Calibration and Geophysical Validation (MAVT-2006). 20-24 March 2006, ESRIN, Frascati (Italy). ESA Special Publications, 615: pp. 1-7, more
  • Park, Y.; De Cauwer, V.; Nechad, B.; Ruddick, K. (2004). Validation of MERIS water products for Belgian coastal waters: 2002-2003, in: Proceedings of the MERIS and AATSR calibration and geographical validation workshop held in Frascati, 20-24 October 2003. ESA Special Publications, : pp. 1-16, more
  • Astoreca, R.; Ruddick, K.; Rousseau, V.; Van Mol, B.; Parent, J.-Y.; Lancelot, C. (2006). Variability of the inherent and apparent optical properties in a highly turbid coastal area: impact on the calibration of remote sensing algorithms. EARSeL eProc. 5(1): 1-17, more

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