Science Serving Maryland's Coasts


Phytoplankton biomass and nutrient loading relations for the Chesapeake Bay from aircraft remote sensing

Principal Investigator: 

Lawrence W. Harding, Jr.

Start/End Year: 

1990 to 1994


Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Co-Principal investigator: 

Eric C. Itsweire, Johns Hopkins University


The objective of this study is to deploy NASA's Ocean Data Acquisition System (ODAS) in the Chesapeake Bay during successive winter-spring transitions in 1990 and 1991 to produce fine-scale maps of phytoplankton biomass. ODAS is an aircraft borne ocean color instrument that is used to detect chlorophyll concentrations. We propose to track event-scale changes in phytoplankton distributions during the diatom blooms that develop annually in the mesohaline to polyhaline part of the Bay.