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Earth System Science Data The Data Publishing Journal
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13 Feb 2017
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Expanding understanding of optical variability in Lake Superior with a four-year dataset
Colleen B. Mouw1, Audrey B. Ciochetto1, Brice Grunert2, and Angela Yu2 1University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI 02882, USA
2Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
Abstract. Lake Superior is one of the largest freshwater lakes on our planet, but few optical observations have been made to allow for development and validation of visible spectral satellite remote sensing products. The dataset described here focuses on coincidently observing inherent and apparent optical properties along with biogeochemical parameters. Specifically, we observe remote sensing reflectance, absorption, scattering, backscattering, attenuation, chlorophyll concentration, and suspended particulate matter over the ice-free months of 2013–2016. The dataset substantially increases the optical knowledge of the lake. In addition to visible spectral satellite algorithm development, the dataset is valuable for characterizing the variable light field, particle, phytoplankton, and colored dissolved organic matter distributions, and helpful in food web and carbon cycle investigations, among others. The compiled data can be freely accessed at: https://seabass.gsfc.nasa.gov/archive/URI/Mouw/LakeSuperior/.

Citation: Mouw, C. B., Ciochetto, A. B., Grunert, B., and Yu, A.: Expanding understanding of optical variability in Lake Superior with a four-year dataset, Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2017-10, in review, 2017.
Colleen B. Mouw et al.
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Lake Superior is one of the largest freshwater lakes on our planet, but few optical observations have been made to allow for development and validation of visible spectral satellite remote sensing products. The dataset described here focuses on coincidently observing optical properties along with biogeochemical parameters and substantially increases the optical knowledge of the lake.
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