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Merger of ocean color data from multiple satellite missions within the SIMBIOS project
Author(s): Ewa J. Kwiatkowska; Giulietta S. Fargion
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Paper Abstract

The purpose of data merger activities undertaken by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration's (NASA) Sensor Intercomparison and Merger for Biological and Interdisciplinary Studies (SIMBIOS) Project is to create scientific quality ocean color data encompassing measurements from multiple satellite missions. The fusion of data from multiple satellites will improve the quality of ocean color products over single-mission data sets by expanding spatial and temporal coverage of the world's oceans and increasing statistical confidence in generated parameters. The merger will also support a variety of new applications by taking advantage of sensor-varying calibration, spectral, spatial, temporal, and ground coverage characteristics. Leading to the data merger goals, the SIMBIOS Project has established a thorough ocean color validation program and has been cross-comparing and cross-calibrating sensor data with in situ measurements and data among the missions. The SIMBIOS Science Team has been studying data merger algorithms based on spectral data assimilation and spatial interpolation. The SIMBIOS Project Office has implemented statistical objective analysis and regression techniques based on artificial neural networks and support vector machines. The accuracy of the merger methods will be evaluated using in situ data, statistical analyses, and simple chlorophyll means -- the method already implemented within the SIMBIOS Project. This paper defines challenges and suggests solutions for data merger based on the example of daily chlorophyll concentration products from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS).

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 2003
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 4892, Ocean Remote Sensing and Applications, (8 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.466833
Show Author Affiliations
Ewa J. Kwiatkowska, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Giulietta S. Fargion, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4892:
Ocean Remote Sensing and Applications
Robert J. Frouin; Yeli Yuan; Hiroshi Kawamura, Editor(s)

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