Event Title

Remote Sensing of the Surface Temperature of the Great Salt Lake

Presenter Information

Erik Crosman
John Horel

Location

Eccles Conference Center

Event Website

http://water.usu.edu/

Start Date

3-27-2006 9:15 AM

End Date

3-27-2006 9:30 AM

Description

Utah’s Great Salt Lake has been an object of observation since the advent of satellite meteorology. However, no comprehensive study of the lake’s temperature has previously been conducted on the basis of remote sensing. Several years of satellite-derived daily lake surface temperature measurements from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) have been processed at the University of Utah. In addition, lake temperature imagery from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) have also been examined and validated against the AVHRR retrievals. The thermal characteristics of the lake vary on diurnal, weekly, monthly and inter-annual time scales. Thermal patterns related to river inflow, thermal fronts, gyres and variable mixing of the lake have been documented from satellite imagery. In addition, remote sensing of the Great Salt Lake gives insight into spatial variations in lake salinity and turbidity. More information is available at http://www.met.utah.edu/research/saltlake.

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Mar 27th, 9:15 AM Mar 27th, 9:30 AM

Remote Sensing of the Surface Temperature of the Great Salt Lake

Eccles Conference Center

Utah’s Great Salt Lake has been an object of observation since the advent of satellite meteorology. However, no comprehensive study of the lake’s temperature has previously been conducted on the basis of remote sensing. Several years of satellite-derived daily lake surface temperature measurements from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) have been processed at the University of Utah. In addition, lake temperature imagery from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) have also been examined and validated against the AVHRR retrievals. The thermal characteristics of the lake vary on diurnal, weekly, monthly and inter-annual time scales. Thermal patterns related to river inflow, thermal fronts, gyres and variable mixing of the lake have been documented from satellite imagery. In addition, remote sensing of the Great Salt Lake gives insight into spatial variations in lake salinity and turbidity. More information is available at http://www.met.utah.edu/research/saltlake.

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