Event Title

Small-Scale Remote Sensing of Cladophora Detritus

Mentor 1

Thomas Consi

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

24-4-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

24-4-2015 3:45 PM

Description

Cladophora is a filamentous benthic alga native to the Laurentian Great Lakes. The alga can become a nuisance when sloughed from benthic regions and transported to coastal recreation areas such as Bradford Beach. Cladophora detritus can become contaminated with Escherichia coli from animal excretion, presenting a concern to public health. The goal of this research is to investigate the use of low-altitude remote sensing platforms, multi-spectral cameras and spectroscopic analysis as tools in determining water characteristics. We used a modified digital camera and a hexi-coptor to collect optical data of near-shore regions adjacent to Bradford beach. Optical data was post-processed to generate a 2D representation of water characteristics in the zone of interest. The method was successful in identifying Cladophora detritus.

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Apr 24th, 2:30 PM Apr 24th, 3:45 PM

Small-Scale Remote Sensing of Cladophora Detritus

Union Wisconsin Room

Cladophora is a filamentous benthic alga native to the Laurentian Great Lakes. The alga can become a nuisance when sloughed from benthic regions and transported to coastal recreation areas such as Bradford Beach. Cladophora detritus can become contaminated with Escherichia coli from animal excretion, presenting a concern to public health. The goal of this research is to investigate the use of low-altitude remote sensing platforms, multi-spectral cameras and spectroscopic analysis as tools in determining water characteristics. We used a modified digital camera and a hexi-coptor to collect optical data of near-shore regions adjacent to Bradford beach. Optical data was post-processed to generate a 2D representation of water characteristics in the zone of interest. The method was successful in identifying Cladophora detritus.