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BOUSSOLE: A Joint CNRS-INSU, ESA, CNES, and NASA Ocean Color Calibration and Validation ActivityThis report presents the Bouee pour l'acquisition de Series Optiques a Long Terme (BOUSSOLE) project, the primary objectives of which are to provide a long-term time series of optical properties in support of a) calibration and validation activities associated with satellite ocean color missions, and b) bio-optical research in oceanic waters. The following are included in the report: 1) an introduction to the rationale for establishing the project; 2) a definition of vicarious calibration and the specific requirements attached to it; 3) the organization of the project and the characteristics of the measurement site--in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea; 4) a qualitative overview of the collected data; 5) details about the buoy that was specifically designed and built for this project; 6) data collection protocols and data processing techniques; 7) a quantitative summary of the collected data, and a discussion of some sample results, including match-up analyses for the currently operational ocean color sensors, namely MERIS, SeaWiFS, and MODIS; and 8) preliminary results of the vicarious radiometric calibration of MERIS, including a tentative uncertainty budget. The results of this match-up analysis allow performance comparisons of various ocean color sensors to be performed, demonstrating the ability of the BOUSSOLE activity, i.e., combining a dedicated platform and commercial-off-the-shelf instrumentation, to provide data qualified to monitor the quality of ocean color products on the long term.
Document ID
20070028812
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Authors
Antoine, David (Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villfranche Villefranche-sur-Mer, France)
Chami, Malik (Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villfranche Villefranche-sur-Mer, France)
Claustre, Herve (Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villfranche Villefranche-sur-Mer, France)
d'Ortenzio, Fabrizio (Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villfranche Villefranche-sur-Mer, France)
Morel, Andre (Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villfranche Villefranche-sur-Mer, France)
Becu, Guislain (Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villfranche Villefranche-sur-Mer, France)
Gentili, Bernard (Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villfranche Villefranche-sur-Mer, France)
Louis, Francis (Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villfranche Villefranche-sur-Mer, France)
Ras, Josephine (Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villfranche Villefranche-sur-Mer, France)
Roussier, Emmanuel (Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villfranche Villefranche-sur-Mer, France)
Scott, Alec J. (Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villfranche Villefranche-sur-Mer, France)
Tailliez, Dominique (Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villfranche Villefranche-sur-Mer, France)
Hooker, Stanford B. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Guevel, Pierre (ACRI-in Sophia Antipolis, France)
Deste, Jean-Francois (ACRI-in Sophia Antipolis, France)
Dempsey, Cyril (Satlantic, Inc. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Adams, Darrell (Satlantic, Inc. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 2006
Subject Category
Oceanography
Report/Patent Number
Rept-2007-00282-0
NASA/TM-2006-214147
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: ESTEC-14393/00NL/DC
CONTRACT_GRANT: ESRI-17286/03/I-OL
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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