Ocean Optical Database
NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS
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The global ocean optical property of the diffuse attenuation coefficient at 490 nm k490, has been assembled into a database using satellite ocean color data from the Coastal Zone Color Scanner. The database representing 6 years of satellite coverage from 1978 to 1986 is at a spatial resolution of 20 km and is represented in monthly composites. The assemblage and format of the data are defined. Problems and limitations of using satellite ocean color for retrieving ocean k490 values are examined. The validation of the optical database from the satellite is accessed through comparison with in situ ship measurements of chlorophyll and diffuse attenuation coefficient.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Computer Systems