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An objective of the Marine Environment Unit of the Space Applications Institute (Joint Research Center of the European Commission) is to develop,demonstrate and valide methodologies which aim at a better understanding and monitoring of the European seas and coastal waters.
To achieve this goal, satellite ocean colour data and thermal imagery are collected, processed and archived at different levels to be further used within international projects and/or distributed to the scientific community or display on a website. A new general algorithm, for atmospheric correction used to retrieve leaving radiances for case I (oligotropic) or case II (turbid) waters is currently being developed. In water algorithms, empirical or analytic, able to quantify concentrations of near-surface pigment and other optical active components are as well under developments and will eventually interface with new or existing atmospheric correction algorithms.
These tool are intended to be flexible and assimilate different ocean colour sensor imputs (e.g. Sea WiFS, MOS or other up-coming sensors). The ongoing calibration activities of the Marine Environment Unit in the Adriatic Sea would be a key element to validate the results. .

Additional information

Authors: MELIN F, SAI, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 8th Annual International Terascan Users Conference, Southampton (GB), August 25-27th, 1998
Availability: Available from DG XIII as Paper EN 41673 ORA
Record Number: 199910306 / Last updated on: 1999-03-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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