CZCS (Coastal Zone Color Scanner) Atlas of Water Optical Properties in the Alboran Sea
NAVAL OCEAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS
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Optical water properties of the world oceans can be rapidly obtained from data from the Coastal Zone Color Scanner CZCS aboard the Nimbus -7 satellite. Satellite processing techniques have been developed to eliminate the atmospheric contamination that contributes 90 of the total visible channel signal. The remaining signal, which constituted the ocean color, is directly related to the diffuse attenuation coefficient k at 490 nanometers for the upper surface waters. Calculation and geographic registration of k can be done for each of the 800-square-meter pixel resolution of CZCS, and results show that the accuracy is within 25 of ship measurements. This report indicates the processing procedures used to calculate k from radiance data from the CZCS.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography