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Development of an Improved Visualization Tool for the Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Mississippi Sound Coastal Waters using Integrated NASA Satellite and a Novel Autonomous Surface Vessel Collected Field Datasets

Project Impacts

NASA’s Ocean Color satellites play a vital role in predicting global change to assist policy makers in making sound decisions concerning the protection of our environment. The proposed research will enhance the NASA satellite data based NPP estimates using in situ measurements. It will primarily focus on the Mississippi Sound, which is backbone of Mississippi’s economy. The research will help in assessment of the effect of climate and LULC changes on the coastal waters and may provide guideline for the policymakers for better resource management. Further, the visualization tool developed in this study will be open-source, and can be easily extended to other coastal ecosystems, and thus has the potential to impact climate change studies beyond this project.