Site6: Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay and Pamlico Sound
The Chesapeake Bay is one of the largest and most productive estuaries in North America. The Bay is fed by a multitude of major and minor rivers, and demonstrates a wide range of trophic states, from highly turbid conditions in the northern reaches to nearly open ocean conditions to the south. An extensive collection of in situ measurements of chlorophyll-a and other water quality parameters spanning the MERIS mission lifetime is available through the SeaBASS archive at NASA, as well as a limited set of in situ radiometry. The Bay has also been extensively studied through NASA remote sensing measurements (e.g., Werdell et al., 2009), and full-resolution MERIS data collected from the Canadian CCRS ground station is now readily available for the region.