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Water colour reveals biological activity
March 7, 2016
 
 

The Université du Québec (UQ) Bulletin features an article on water quality led by Simon Bélanger, director of the Laboratoire d’optique aquatique et de télédétection at Université du Québec à Rimouski and CEN researcher. Using images collected through remote sensing, professor Bélanger and his team can detect key elements of the water’s characteristics such as its sediment load and richness, as well as its organic matter content and concentration in phytoplankton. Biological activity, such as phytoplankton blooms, can thus be observed and, to some extent, quantified, using satellite imagery. In partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Dr. Bélanger validates observations and refines the methods by comparing satellite imagery with field data. Québec Science’s December 2015 issue included the UQ’s bulletin research synthesis, giving Simon Bélanger’ research programme even more visibility.

You can read here the text in La recherche dans le réseau de l’Université du Québec. Volume 5, no 2, p. XV (in french).

 
 
 

 
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