Health and Environmental Effects Research
NHEERL scientists have been awarded funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to apply satellite imagery to the development of estuarine and coastal water quality criteria in the State of Florida. NHEERL Gulf Ecology Division scientists John Lehrter (principal investigator), Blake Schaeffer, Bill Fisher, Jim Hagy, and Marc Russell developed the proposal with collaborators at NASA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center. The research activities described in the proposal, titled "Satellite Earth Image Products Applied to Development of Regulatory Water Quality Standards," will use NASA remote-sensing products to construct retrospective time series of water quality constituents that may be observed by satellites. These time-series data will be related to changes in the biological condition of coral reefs and submerged aquatic vegetation communities to better understand the water quality necessary to support healthy estuarine and coastal ecosystems. If successful, this project may lead to the routine integration of remote-sensing products into coastal management decisions. Funding for this project is anticipated to be approximately $1.2 million over a 4-year period.
For more information about the project, please visit: http://wmp.gsfc.nasa.gov/projects/project_satCWA.php