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Assessment of Satellite Ocean Colour Radiometry and Derived Geophysical ProductsStandardization of methods to assess and assign quality metrics to satellite ocean color radiometry and derived geophysical products has become paramount with the inclusion of the marine reflectance and chlorophyll-a concentration (Chla) as essential climate variables (ECV; [1]) and the recognition that optical remote sensing of the oceans can only contribute to climate research if and when a continuous succession of satellite missions can be shown to collectively provide a consistent, long-term record with known uncertainties. In 20 years, the community has made significant advancements toward that objective, but providing a complete uncertainty budget for all products and for all conditions remains a daunting task. In the retrieval of marine water-leaving radiance from observed top-of-atmosphere radiance, the sources of uncertainties include those associated with propagation of sensor noise and radiometric calibration and characterization errors, as well as a multitude of uncertainties associated with the modeling and removal of effects from the atmosphere and sea surface. This chapter describes some common approaches used to assess quality and consistency of ocean color satellite products and reviews the current status of uncertainty quantification in the field. Its focus is on the primary ocean color product, the spectrum of marine reflectance Rrs, but uncertainties in some derived products such as the Chla or inherent optical properties (IOPs) will also be considered.
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Book Chapter
Melin, Frederic (Joint Research Centre of the European Communities Ispra, Italy)
Franz, Bryan A. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Date Acquired
June 23, 2015
Publication Date
November 19, 2014
Publication Information
Publication: Optical Radiometry for Ocean Climate Measurements
Volume: 47
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Ocean color