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Availability of coastal and marine data and potential applications for development co-operation

Funded under: FP7-ENVIRONMENT


More than 25 years of proven experience in remote sensing of the oceans with focus on sea surface temperature (SST) and ocean colour. Starting from the late 1970'ies the JRC has been one of the leading institutes in Europe in ocean colour remote sensing with a continuous involvement in a variety of international projects. SST was added to the range of applications during late 1980'ies and both branches of remote sensing have been maintained since then. The scientific achievements of JRC is documented in peer-reviewed publications covering virtually all aspects of remote sensing from calibration, data processing and data management to user applications. Satellite data alone is not sufficient but other biogeophysical parameters are needed as well for a comprehensive understanding of the marine environment. Access to such data is assured through international collaboration with national European and African institutes or with other international organizations. The JRC has a long standing reputation in setting up and participating to international networking creating strong teams for solving transnational scientific issues. A true holistic view of the marine environment and its implications for human life requires a multidisciplinary approach from many branches of science. While the key competence at the JRC is centered on physics and biology, other disciplines are employed through the international networking mentioned above of acquired through the contracting mechanisms which is an integral part of the JRC operations.

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Authors: NYKJAER L, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);HOEPFFNER N, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23213 EN (2008), 32 pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: LB-NA-23213-EN-C)
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