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Abstract

Ocean colour observations provide a novel look at the biological, geochemical and physical processes of the sea and their driving mechanisms. The CZCS experiment (1978-1986) generated a unique time series of data on the optical properties of the world's ocean surface waters. The OCEAN project was set up to promote the use of these historical data in studies of the European marginal and enclosed basins, and to prepare for the exploitation of future ocean colour space missions (such as SeaWiFS, OCTS and MERIS). The first results illustrate the relationship between ocean colour and water constituents in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, the North Sea and the Baltic and connecting basins, and the contribution that optical observation systems can give to the monitoring of environmental conditions. This work will constitute the basis for the exploitation of new ocean colour data, as they become available through the joint EC/ESA programme OCTOPUS.

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Authors: BARALE V, JRC Ispra (IT);SCHLITTENHARDT P, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: EARSeL 13th Symposium, Dundee (GB), June 28 - July 2, 1993
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37610 ORA
Record Number: 199410059 / Last updated on: 1994-11-28
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en