This year’s ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting will be held online, 22-27 June.

Lagoons for Life will be co-chairing Special Session 64 entitled: Addressing challenges in monitoring water quality using EO in transitional waters

If you are interested in #dataharmonisation  #datafusion  #estuaries  #lagoons   #transitionalwaters  #waterquality  #opticallycomplexwaters  #ecologicalprocesses  #remotesensing  #EarthObservation then this session is for you. Submit your abstract now until 12 March 2021 and join our discussion!

Session co-organisers:

  1. Eirini Politi, Lagoons for Life, Brockmann Consult GmbH, Germany; ASLO member
  2. Vittorio Brando, CNR-ISMAR, Rome, Italy
  3. Diana Vaiciute, Marine Research Institute, Klaipeda University, Lithuania
  4. Badr El Mahrad, Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA), University of Algarve, Portugal

Session Abstract:  Preservation and restoration of good quality status in transitional waters is a key worldwide issue relevant to food production, industry, nature and recreation. To fulfil the increasing need to protect and sustainably manage aquatic resources, scientists and water managers first need to address existing data and knowledge gaps to better understand which areas are most affected and are threatened with status deterioration. Recognising this, space agencies and the international remote sensing community have been generating satellite data in recent decades to provide water quality data, products and services to end-users in industry, policy, monitoring agencies and science. However, water quality data production is often focussed on specific water bodies, not considering the water continuum and source-to-sea linkages. Different methods are used for each distinct water body (e.g. ocean vs. lakes), while transitional waters are often neglected. In addition, certain limitations are posed by the inherent characteristics of transitional waters in terms of trophic and bio-optical regimes, as well as spatial and temporal scales of hydrological and ecological processes.

This session invites presentations on how challenges in monitoring water quality using EO in transitional waters can be overcome. Examples from around the world are invited as a means of showcasing good practices, innovative methods, new tools, promising water quality products (e.g. water clarity, particle size distribution, phytoplankton functional types, algal blooms, aquatic vegetation), and success in upscaling the processes (e.g. primary production). Methods like data harmonisation, data fusion and new algorithms for estuaries and lagoons are particularly welcome. Input from local to regional case studies are invited, especially when inter-comparison between different scales addresses issues stemming from scaling-up methods for observing these transitional aquatic ecosystems.