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Advanced Webinar: Integrating Remote Sensing into a Water Quality Monitoring Program

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite acquired this image of the Mackenzie Delta on July 19, 2017. At the time, the Beaufort Sea was colored with milky, tan brush strokes of sediment in various levels of dispersal after pouring out of the river.
Date Range: 
June 5, 2019. June 12, 2019. June 19, 2019.
Times: 
10:00-12:00 EDT (UTC-4)
Registration Closes: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Building on 2018's advanced webinar series, Processing Satellite Imagery for Monitoring Water Quality, this training will focus on integrating NASA Earth observations into water quality monitoring decision making processes. This will include a brief overview of data products used for water quality monitoring, an overview of aquatic remote sensing-specific criteria, methods and best practices, obtaining NASA Earth observation data for water quality monitoring, and practical skill building in image processing for water quality monitoring of coastal and larger inland water bodies. Weekly, two hour webinars will include lectures, hands-on demonstrations, written instructions to conduct exercises, and a question and answer session. After the third part, participants are invited to participate in an optional, additional two-hour period of unstructured "laboratory" time. Participants will have the opportunity to work on exercises and submit questions to the instructors. 

Learning Objectives: 

By the end of this training, attendees will be able to: 

  1. acquire relevant remotely-sensed imagery and products
  2. apply best practices for atmospheric correction to remotely-sensed images
  3. evaluate the uncertainty of images by validating satellite imagery using in situ measurements
  4. analyze water quality data using NASA's SeaDAS software and validate aquatic remote sensing data products
Course Format: 
  • Three, two-hour parts that include lectures, hands-on demonstrations, exercises, and a question and answer session
    • After the third part on June 19, attendees are invited to an optional two hour "laboratory" time where they can practice exercises and submit questions to the instructors
  • This series will only be broadcast in English
  • A certificate of completion will also be available to participants who attend all three parts and complete all three homework assignments, which will be based on the webinar sessions. Note: certificates of completion only indicate the attendee participated in all aspects of the training, they do not imply proficiency on the subject matter, nor should they be seen as a professional certification.
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Audience: 

Regional, state, federal, and international organizations interested in addressing water quality monitoring through the use of remote sensing. Professional organizations in the public and private sectors engaged in environmental management and monitoring will be given preference over organizations focused primarily on research.

Registration Information: 

There is no cost for the webinar, but you must register to attend the webinar series. There will only be one time slot to take this training in, and it will be broadcast in English. Professional organizations in the public and private sectors engaged in water resources management and monitoring will be given preference over organizations focused primarily on research.

Registration, 10:00-12:00 EST (UTC-4) »

Course Agenda: 
Part One: Water Quality in the Coastal Zone

June 5, 2019

This webinar will cover an overview of remote sensing data products for monitoring coastal water quality. The case study exercise will focus on water quality monitoring in coastal systems using remote sensing data products and SeaDAS. 

Part Two: Water Quality of Larger Inland Water Bodies

June 12, 2019

This webinar will cover satellite sensors for water quality monitoring of inland water bodies and applications of water quality monitoring. The case study exercise will cover remote sensing data products and SeaDAS focusing on cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms. 

Part Three: Aquatic Remote Sensing Skill Development and Best Practices

June 19, 2019

This webinar will cover building a water quality monitoring work flow using remote sensing data products and in situ data observations and the "nuts and bolts" of image processing in SeaDAS. The case study exercise will look at designing a water quality monitoring program. 

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