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Overview of the SeaWiFS ocean sensor
Author(s): Robert A. Barnes; Alan W. Holmes
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Paper Abstract

SeaWiFS, the sea-viewing wide field-of-view sensor, will bring to the ocean community a welcomed and improved renewal of the ocean color remote sensing capability that was lost when the Nimbus-7 coastal zone color scanner (CZCS) ceased operating in 1986. Because of the role of phytoplankton in the global carbon cycle, data obtained from SeaWiFS will be used to assess the ocean's role in the global carbon cycle, as well as in other biogeochemical cycles. SeaWiFS data will be used to help determine the magnitude and variability of the annual cycle of primary production by marine phytoplankton and to determine the distribution and timing of spring blooms. The observations will help to visualize the dynamics of ocean and coastal currents, the physics of mixing, and the relationship between ocean physics and large-scale patterns of productivity. The data from SeaWiFS will help fill the gap in ocean biological observations between those of CZCS and those of the moderate resolution imaging spectrometer (MODIS) on the Earth Observing Satellite-A (EOS-A).

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1939, Sensor Systems for the Early Earth Observing System Platforms, (25 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.152849
Show Author Affiliations
Robert A. Barnes, Chemal, Inc. (United States)
Alan W. Holmes, Hughes Aircraft Co./Santa Barbara Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1939:
Sensor Systems for the Early Earth Observing System Platforms
William L. Barnes, Editor(s)

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