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Ocean Dynamics Observed by the VIIRS Day-Night Band Measurements

Version 1 : Received: 12 December 2017 / Approved: 13 December 2017 / Online: 13 December 2017 (03:54:50 CET)

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Shi, W.; Wang, M. Ocean Dynamics Observed by VIIRS Day/Night Band Satellite Observations. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 76. Shi, W.; Wang, M. Ocean Dynamics Observed by VIIRS Day/Night Band Satellite Observations. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 76.


Three cases of Day-Night Band (DNB) observations of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) onboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) are explored for applications to assess the ocean environment and monitor ocean dynamics. An approach to use the DNB radiance ratio was developed in order to better continuously assess the ocean diurnal and short-term environmental changes with VIIRS DNB observations. In the La Plata River Estuary, the sediment fronts showed 20–25 km diurnal inshore-offshore movements on March 13, 2017. In the waters off the Argentina coast in the South Atlantic, VIIRS DNB measurements provided continuous observations and monitoring of the algae bloom development and migration between 24–26 March 2016. This algae bloom generally kept the same spatial patterns, but moved nearly 20 km eastward in the three-day period. In the Yangtze River Estuary and Hangzhou Bay region in China’s east coast, VIIRS DNB observations also revealed the complicated coastal dynamic changes between 12–14 April 2017. Even though there are still some challenges and limitations for monitoring the ocean environment with VIIRS DNB observations, this study shows that satellite DNB observations can provide additional data sources for ocean observations, especially observations during the nighttime.


VIIRS; DNB observation; ocean dynamics; satellite remote sensing; ocean color; nocturnal study


Environmental and Earth Sciences, Oceanography

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