Eutrophication, or enrichment, of the natural water in New Jersey’s coastal waters has an adverse impact on the economic welfare of the state. Since shipboard sampling is not cost-effective for providing data on coastal/estuarine water processes and materials, satellite remote sensing, with its synoptic and repetitive coverage, is used to obtain some of the data for eutrophication-related water quality analysis. For the purpose of this study, existing Landsat-5 Thematic Mapper digital data, acquired on 1 September 1985, along with the sea truth observations, were obtained for quantitative analysis, The goal was to establish a correlation between total plankton content and remote sensing signals indicating the relative degree of eutrophy and productivity in New Jersey’s coastal waters.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)