Water Luncheon Seminar

Insights into the composition of the 2018 CyanoHAB on Lake Erie based on spectral decomposition of visible remote sensing images

Dr. Joseph Ortiz, Department of Geology, Kent State University,

WHEN:  October 17, 2018;  11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, 352 Dodridge St, Columbus OH

Lake Erie has recently been listed as an impaired water body due to the perennial cyanobacterial and harmful algal bloom (CyanoHAB) that develops from spring until fall in its Western Basin. Research developed at Kent State in conjunction with NASA Glenn provides an effective means of identifying the optically-active constituents present in water bodies, and differentiates the composition of complex CyanoHABs. The spectral decomposition method partitions cyanobacterial constituents from algal, pigment degradation products and identifies suspended sediment as minerals and oxides.

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