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The continuity of ocean color measurements from SeaWiFS to MODIS
Author(s): Bryan A. Franz; P. Jeremy Werdell; Gerhard Meister; Sean W. Bailey; Robert E. Eplee; Gene C. Feldman; Ewa J. Kwiatkowska; Charles R. McClain; Frederick S. Patt; Donna Thomas
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Paper Abstract

The Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is responsible for the processing and validation of oceanic optical property retrievals from the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). A major goal of this activity is the production of a continuous ocean color time-series spanning the mission life of these sensors from September 1997 to the present time. This paper presents an overview of the calibration and validation strategy employed to optimize and verify sensor performance for retrieval of upwelling radiances just above the sea surface. Substantial focus is given to the comparison of results over the common mission lifespan of SeaWiFS and the MODIS flying on the Aqua platform, covering the period from July 2002 through December 2004. It will be shown that, through consistent application of calibration and processing methodologies, a continuous ocean color time-series can be produced from two different spaceborne sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2005
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5882, Earth Observing Systems X, 58820W (22 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.620069
Show Author Affiliations
Bryan A. Franz, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
P. Jeremy Werdell, Science Systems and Applications Inc. (United States)
Gerhard Meister, Futuretech Corp. (United States)
Sean W. Bailey, Futuretech Corp. (United States)
Robert E. Eplee, Science Application International Corp. (United States)
Gene C. Feldman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ewa J. Kwiatkowska, Science Application International Corp. (United States)
Charles R. McClain, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Frederick S. Patt, Science Application International Corp. (United States)
Donna Thomas, Futuretech Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5882:
Earth Observing Systems X
James J. Butler, Editor(s)

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