Sunday, December 11, 2011
Clear Satellite Image for Dec 11, 2011
Finally some nice, cloud-free coverage of the Mid-Atlantic Bight from NASA's MODIS-Aqua platform. The ocean sure looks a lot calmer from space than it does from a deck of a fishing boat! There are still some white puffy clouds offshore, but hopefully those will clear in the coming days. Because cloud cover can be a problem in the winter, our strategy for using satellite data has been to use 8-day rolling averages. Today's satellite pass should really enhance these composites in our study area. Once our machines are done crunching the satellite data for our Butterfish model, we will have a look to see where we find the latest ecosystem gradients and update the Butterfish model nowcast. Our attempt to merge bits and bytes are merged with grit and nets is underway.