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The enclosed seas of Europe are the site of many economic and recreational activities but they are threatened by the dangers of misuse and pollution. The collection of data at sea remains an important component of all oceanographic research. In recent years, the use of optical remote sensing for the marine environment has been steadily increasing. This paper concentrates on the application of optical remote sensing techniques to the assessment of environmental issues. The relationship between ocean colour and water constituents is briefly addressed. The contribution that optical observation systems can make to the monitoring of environmental conditions in the case of the Mediterranean Sea and other European enclosed basins is explored in detail. Current programmes for the exploitation of historical ocean colour data available in Europe are examined.

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Authors: BARALE V, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 1993 UETP-EEE Annual Meeting and Seminar on Pollution of Closed Seas, Thessaloniki (EL), June 2-4, 1993
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37598 ORA
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