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|Title:||A Class-Based Approach to Characterizing and Mapping the Uncertainty of the MODIS Ocean Chlorophyll Product|
|Authors:||DOWELL Mark; MOORE Timothy; CAMPBELL Janet|
|Citation:||REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT vol. 113 no. 11 p. 2424-2430|
|Publisher:||ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC|
|Type:||Articles in Journals|
|Abstract:||Global chlorophyll products derived from NASA's ocean color satellite programs have a nominal uncertainty of ± 35%. This metric has been hard to assess, in part because the data sets for evaluating performance do not reflect the true distribution of chlorophyll in the global ocean. A new technique is introduced that characterizes the chlorophyll uncertainty associated with distinct optical water types, and shows that for much of the open ocean the relative error is under 35%. This technique is based on a fuzzy classification of remote sensing reflectance into eight optical water types for which error statistics have been calculated. The error statistics are based on a data set of coincident MODIS Aqua satellite radiances and in situ chlorophyll measurements. The chlorophyll uncertainty is then mapped dynamically based on fuzzy memberships to the optical water types. The uncertainty maps are thus a separate, companion product to the standard MODIS chlorophyll product.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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