Optical Remote Sensing of lakes and lake-wide estimations of primary production

Water optical properties near the LéXPLORE Platform and Sentinel satellite images are used to characterise Chlorophyll-a and turbidity in Lake Geneva with the goal to quantify primary productivity over the entire lakes surface area over the annual cycle. (Camille Minaudo, Daniel Odermatt)


Figure shows Landsat-8 image of Lake Geneva on June 15, 2014. The insets zoom (top right) show the Rhône inflow area.  The bright regions indicate a whiting event, typical in early summer.

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