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Optical observations of the marine environment are increasingly used to provide an insight into the bio-geo-chemical and physical processes of the sea. A time series of such data was collected by the coastal zone colour scanner (CZCS) on board the satellite Nimbus-7, from 1978 to 1986. In order to exploit this data set, the OCEAN (Ocean Colour European Archive Network) project has performed a reappraisal of all scenes covering marine regions of European concern. This paper presents the scientific tools developed by the OCEAN project and the results obtained in the exploitation of the data set generated by the CZCS experiment. The contribution that value-added ocean colour data can make to the assessment of environmental conditions is discussed. Finally, current programmes for the exploitation of future optical observations missions for studies of the marine environment in Europe, such as OCTOPUS, are examined.

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Authors: BARALE V, JRC Ispra (IT);ANDERSEN J H, Computer System Consultancy Ltd., Douglas, Isle of Man (GB);TURNER M, Tecnodata Italia srl, Frascati, Roma (IT);LARKIN D J, DJL Software Consultancy Ltd., Jarrow (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Technical Conference on Space-based Ocean Observations, Bergen (NO), September 5-10, 1993
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37647 ORA
Record Number: 199410060 / Last updated on: 1994-11-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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