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The potential of optical remote sensing for providing novel information on biological, geochemical and physical processes of the sea has been shown by the Coastal Zone Colour Scanner (CZCS) experiment conducted from late 1978 to early 1986. The Ocean Colour European Archive Network (OCEAN) project was set up with the following aims: (i) generation of a European ocean colour database based on historical CZCS scenes; (ii) promoting its use in an application demonstration programme for regions of European interest; (iii) developing a network of scientific groups and facilities in Europe in support of current research activities and in preparation for future space missions. The continuation of such activities is now being planned to take advantage of the Sea-viewing Wide-Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) mission, and to prepare for the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) mission, foreseen by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the end of this decade. The JRC has proposed, in a joint venture with the ESA, and in collaboration with other European scientific partners, to pursue this goal through a European SeaWiFS programme on Ocean Colour Techniques for Observation, Processing and Utilisation Systems (OCTOPUS). The OCTOPUS programme is centred on the use of scientific tools developed by the OCEAN project, and on the availability of high-resolution SeaWiFS data to European receiving facilities.

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Bibliographic Reference: Article: S.I.G. et Télédétection (1993) No. 6, pp. 4-9
Record Number: 199310736 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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