United States Naval Research Laboratory

Bio-Optical/Physical Processes and Remote Sensing Section


Bio-Optical/Physical Processes and Remote Sensing Section Code 7331 Stennis Space Center, Mississippi 39529

As a team, members of the Bio-Optical/Physical Processes and Remote Sensing Section have broad experience and expertise in many aspects of remote sensing and coupled physical/ecological modeling. We conduct research to better understand oceanographic processes in coastal and open-ocean environments. Our overarching goal is to exploit this knowledge of the marine environment to address a wide variety of navy needs related to optical variability, underwater light penetration, and physical/optical forecasting. Bio-Optical Physical Processes and Remote Sensing Section Logo However, we also work closely with external agencies and universities to address a wide variety of oceanographic science questions. Our state-of-the-art facilities include satellite receiving and image processing/analysis systems, in situ and laboratory optical instrumentation, advanced physical and ecological models, and access to high-performance super computers. Recent instrumentation acquisitions include gliders (one with an Optical Plankton Discriminator), trawl-resistant physical/optical moorings, and a flow cytometer. Research interests within the section include ocean color algorithm development for multi- and hyperspectral sensors, sensor calibration/algorithm validation, atmospheric correction, time-series analyses, uncertainty analyses, optical water mass classification, surface/subsurface linkages, spatial coherence scales, regional/basin-scale coupled physical/bio-optical modeling, 3D optical distributions, hypoxia modeling, among others. Furthermore, our products are transitioned to Navy end-users and external agencies, so we participate in a full spectrum of basic and applied research.

Additional information on the section projects is available from the slideshow at the top of this page or the projects tab at the top of the menu.

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Regions of Interest


Click the image on the left to take you to our map page to see the regions of the world we process. This information includes available satellite sensors (ex: MODIS, SeaWiFS, MERIS, HICO) and resolution (ex: 250m, 500m, 1000m).

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Browse Imagery


Click the image on the left to take you to our browse imagery page. From here, you will be able to navigate through our browse imagery tool, where you can view various levels of data, sensors, regions, time periods, and products. Once you have navigated to your desired product, there are a few different methods to visualize the selected product. These include calendar, slideshow, and thumbnail tools.

If you prefer to browse the directory listings instead of using the browse imagery tool, you can do so here.

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Contact Us

Bio-Optical/Physical Processes and Remote Section Head, Code 7331:

Mailing Address:
Naval Research Laboratory Code 7331
Building 1009
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529

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