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Interactive video lesson plan for: NASA Glenn and Partners studying Lake Erie algal bloom

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Engineers at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland are using NASA Glenn remote-sensing technology to learn more about the Lake Erie algal bloom that contaminated water supplies in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan over the weekend. Deploying a hyper-spectral imager and miniature spectrometers aboard Glenn’s S-3 aircraft, which began the flight campaign August 5, researchers from Glenn and its partners are using the high-resolution instruments to capture images that will reveal western Lake Erie’s characteristics across the light spectrum. Each aquatic component of the lake has a unique spectrographic signature. By studying these signatures, researchers can improve their ability to remotely identify the biochemical properties of an algal bloom and predict when and where they will form.

Tagged under: NASA,Glenn Research Center,Lake Erie,algal bloom,water,Ohio

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