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Remote Sensing & Water Clarity

Remote Sensing & Water Clarity

Since 1999, Citizen Lake Monitoring volunteers have assisted in a collaborative research effort with University of Wisconsin Environmental Remote Sensing Center by taking secchi readings (readings which help measure water clarity) on dates when the satellites were overhead. The volunteers’ participation has allowed the University to successfully calibrate computer programs that enable satellite imagery to be used to predict Secchi Disc Depth and other water quality parameters on lakes. The researchers at the Remote Sensing Center are continuing their research. The ultimate goal is to put the satellite data into everyday use by making the water clarity data derived from the satellite imagery available to the WDNR and to the public.