Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Hyperspectral remote sensing of water quality in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
by Flores Cordova, Africa Ixmucane, M.S., The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2013, 154; 1549067
Abstract (Summary)

Lake Atitlan in Guatemala is a vital source of drinking water. The deteriorating conditions of water quality in this lake threaten human and ecological health as well as the local and national economy. Given the sporadic and limited measurements available, it is impossible to determine the changing conditions of water quality. The goal of this thesis is to use Hyperion satellite images to measure water quality parameters in Lake Atitlan. For this purpose in situ measurements and satellite-derived reflectance data were analyzed to generate an algorithm that estimated Chlorophyll concentrations. This research provides for the first time a quantitative application of hyperspectral satellite remote sensing for water quality monitoring in Guatemala. This approach is readily transferable to other countries in Central America that face similar issues in the management of their water resources.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Christopher, Sundar
Commitee: Christopher, Sundar A., Griffin, Robert, Irwin, Daniel
School: The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Department: Atmospheric Science
School Location: United States -- Alabama
Source: MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Water Resource Management, Environmental science, Remote sensing
Keywords: Guatemala, Hyperion, Hyperspectral, Lake Atitlan, Remote sensing, Water quality
Publication Number: 1549067
ISBN: 978-1-303-60121-7
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