The Design of a Low Cost, Rapidly Deployable, Sirborne Harmful Algal Bloom Identification Technology (HABIT) Sensor
The optimal design for a rapidly-deployable, airborne HAB identification sensor requires the determination of the minimum spectral, spatial, dynamic range, and deployment capabilities necessary to achieve the goal of operational detection. This sensor must be capable of rendering a positive identification, with a low false alarm rate, in optical shallow waters, where the bottom is visible in the spectroscopic signature. This requirement places extreme demands on the operational capabilities of the airborne sensor. NOAA currently issues a HAB Bulletin for the West Florida Shelf based on an ecological matrix approach, which includes ocean color products. While this approach uses ocean color, it is not solely dependent on spectroscopy to yield an identification result. Using this approach will reduce the design demands and costs of an airborne sensor. This proposal will design a HAB Identification Technology (HABIT) sensor that will allow expand the NOAA HAB Bulletins into the nearshore environment.
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