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Abstract

Observation techniques using visible radiation have been developed for the assessment of ocean colour, to measure the optical properties of surface waters which depend on the concentration and distribution of water constituents. In the Mediterranean region, ocean colour has been used to explore processes due to physical and bio-geochemical interactions, and particularly those related to the environmental impact of coastal and river runoff, coupled with the main water circulation patterns. The extensive studies conducted on the Adriatic Sea, and on the fate of the Po river outflow, provide examples of the results obtainable from the combination of optical remote sensing, in situ campaigns and theoretical modelling. At present, the complete CZCS historical data set covering marine regions of European interest (including the Mediterranean basin) is being exploited in the framework of the Ocean Colour European Archive Network (OCEAN) project.

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Authors: BARALE V, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Sistema Terra - Rivista Internazionale di Telerilevamento, Vol. 2 (1993) No. 1, pp. 23-25
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