GLORIA - A globally representative hyperspectral in situ dataset for optical sensing of water quality



Lehmann MK, Gurlin D, Pahlevan N, Anstee J, Balasubramanian SV, Barbosa CCF, Binding C, Bracher A, Bresciani M, Burtner A, Cao Z, Dekker AG, Jiang D, Spyrakos E & Werther M (2023) GLORIA - A globally representative hyperspectral in situ dataset for optical sensing of water quality. Scientific Data, 10 (1), Art. No.: 100.

The development of algorithms for remote sensing of water quality (RSWQ) requires a large amount of in situ data to account for the bio-geo-optical diversity of inland and coastal waters. The GLObal Reflectance community dataset for Imaging and optical sensing of Aquatic environments (GLORIA) includes 7,572 curated hyperspectral remote sensing reflectance measurements at 1 nm intervals within the 350 to 900 nm wavelength range. In addition, at least one co-located water quality measurement of chlorophyll a, total suspended solids, absorption by dissolved substances, and Secchi depth, is provided. The data were contributed by researchers affiliated with 59 institutions worldwide and come from 450 different water bodies, making GLORIA the de-facto state of knowledge of in situ coastal and inland aquatic optical diversity. Each measurement is documented with comprehensive methodological details, allowing users to evaluate fitness-for-purpose, and providing a reference for practitioners planning similar measurements. We provide open and free access to this dataset with the goal of enabling scientific and technological advancement towards operational regional and global RSWQ monitoring.

Library and Information Sciences; Statistics,; Probability and Uncertainty; Computer Science Applications; Education; Information Systems; Statistics and Probability

Additional co-authors: Courtney Di Vittorio, Nathan Drayson, Reagan M. Errera, Virginia Fernandez, Dariusz Ficek, Cédric G. Fichot, Peter Gege, Claudia Giardino, Anatoly A. Gitelson, Steven R. Greb, Hayden Henderson, Hiroto Higa, Abolfazl Irani Rahaghi, Cédric Jamet, Thomas Jordan, Kersti Kangro, Jeremy A. Kravitz, Arne S. Kristoffersen, Raphael Kudela, Lin Li, Martin Ligi, Hubert Loisel, Steven Lohrenz, Ronghua Ma, Daniel A. Maciel, Tim J. Malthus, Bunkei Matsushita, Mark Matthews, Camille Minaudo, Deepak R. Mishra, Sachidananda Mishra, Tim Moore, Wesley J. Moses, Hà Nguyễn, Evlyn M. L. M. Novo, Stéfani Novoa, Daniel Odermatt, David M. O’Donnell, Leif G. Olmanson, Michael Ondrusek, Natascha Oppelt, Sylvain Ouillon, Waterloo Pereira Filho, Stefan Plattner, Antonio Ruiz Verdú, Salem I. Salem, John F. Schalles, Stefan G. H. Simis, Eko Siswanto, Brandon Smith, Ian Somlai-Schweiger, Mariana A. Soppa, Elinor Tessin, Hendrik J. van der Woerd, Andrea Vander Woude, Ryan A. Vandermeulen, Vincent Vantrepotte, Marcel R. Wernand, Kyana Young & Linwei Yue

Scientific Data: Volume 10, Issue 1

FundersEuropean Space Agency
Publication date31/12/2023
Publication date online16/02/2023
Date accepted by journal14/02/2023
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC

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Dr Dalin Jiang

Dr Dalin Jiang

Research Fellow, Biological and Environmental Sciences

Dr Evangelos Spyrakos

Dr Evangelos Spyrakos

Associate Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences

Dr Mortimer Werther

Dr Mortimer Werther

Honorary Research Fellow, Biological and Environmental Sciences

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