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August 2004 AVIRIS Mission: Florida KeyS & Puerto Rico

AVIRIS was flown on the NASA ER-2 plane in August 2004 over the upper Florida Keys between Plantation and Key Biscayne at 45,000 ft for 13 m pixel resolution.  Additionally, AVIRIS was flown at 65,000 ft (17 m pixel resolution) along the entire north, south, and west coasts of Puerto Rico as well as Vieques Island.  Field sampling was conducted coincident with the deployments for atmospheric correction and calibration of the AVIRIS data.  Further, field spectra were collected underwater for water column characterization and spectral libraries of benthic types to relate to the AVIRIS data for creating benthic maps and analysis of within and between habitat spectral variation.  Radiative transfer modeling will be used to analyze spectral reflectance and absorption curves of benthic types and for integration with the AVIRIS data.









  • August 17, 2004
  • 6 Flightlines
  • Altitude ~14.3 km
  • Pixel Size ~13 m
  • Total Length 350 km
  • Total Area 3000 km2

Puerto Rico:

  • August 19, 2004
  • 8 Flightlines
  • Altitude ~20.1 km
  • Pixel Size ~17 m
  • Total Length 750 km
  • Total Area 8500 km2
Research funded by NASA’s Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program
and NASA’s Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science Program