Oceanography The Official Magazine of
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Volume 17 Issue 02

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Volume 17, No. 2
Pages 16 - 23


The New Age of Hyperspectral Oceanography

By Grace Chang , Kevin Mahoney, Amanda Briggs-Whitmire , David D.R. Kohler, Curtis D. Mobley, Marlon Lewis , Mark A. Moline , Emmanuel Boss, Minsu Kim, William Philpot, and Tommy D. Dickey  
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A multispectral optical sensor collects data at select wavebands or channels. An example is the Sea-viewing Wide-Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) ocean color satellite, which measures eight wavebands between 402 and 885 nm (20-40 nm bandwidth with peaks centered around 412, 443, 490, 510, 555, 670, 765, and 865 nm). Optical oceanographers have been using multispectral sensors since the 1980s with great success.


Chang, G., K. Mahoney, A. Briggs-Whitmire, D.D.R. Kohler, C.D. Mobley, M. Lewis, M.A. Moline, E. Boss, M. Kim, W. Philpot, and T.D. Dickey. 2004. The new age of hyperspectral oceanography. Oceanography 17(2):16–23, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2004.43.

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