Optical calibration, bathymetry, water column correction and bottom typing of shallow marine areas, using passive remote sensing imageries
Bathymetry and water column correction
at Caicos Bank, Bahamas
4018*4149, 30 m pixel size, UTM zone 18, downloaded from USGS

Panchromatic band
Using the Panchromatic band for water column correction to derive water depth and spectral bottom signature:

Landsat 8 OLIP bandset used for this work

Coastal_1Blue_2Green_3PAN_4Red_5NIR_6 and SWIR1_7

Please refer to Bora Bora and Sanaa
for use of the PANchromatic band for water column correction
  scene LC80090452016110LGN00
Apr 19th  2016
work done september 2016


This is spring time in the Bahamas

DTM seatruth RMSE=0.66 m

ZDTM+1.0m - Z4SM
some increase in LswPAN is in needed
ZDTM+1.0m - Z4SM
see legend

Data and Deglinting

TOA TCC: raw image
logaritmic enhancement

TOA TCC deglinted image
same logaritmic enhancement


16U data are scaled to allow for comfortable screen display

Calibration diagram for the whole scene
for bands Blue, Green, Red and NIR
KBLUE/KGREEN=0.55 => Jerlov water type OIB+0.55


Calibration diagram for the whole scene
for bands Blue, PAN, Red, NIR


Ready for modeling

BOA TCC: water column corrected

Retrieved depth
see legend


Bottom typing

SAM classified image
see legend for SAM

Average bottom brightness
notice several super_brightness spots


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