Title: AERONET-OC: a Network for the Validation of Ocean Color Primary Products
Authors: ZIBORDI GIUSEPPEHOLBEN BrentSLUTSKER IlyaGILES DavidDALIMONTE DavideMELIN FREDERICBERTHON JEAN-FRANCOISVANDEMARK DougFENG HuiSCHUSTER GregoryFABBRI BryanKAITALA SeppoSEPPALA Jukka
Citation: JOURNAL OF ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC TECHNOLOGY vol. 26 p. 1634-1651
Publisher: AMER METEOROLOGICAL SOC
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC45183
ISSN: 0739-0572
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC45183
DOI: 10.1175/2009JTECHO654.1
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: The Ocean Color component of the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET-OC) has been implemented to support long-term satellite ocean color investigations through cross-site consistent and accurate measurements collected by autonomous radiometer systems deployed on offshore fixed platforms. The AERONET-OC data products are the normalized water-leaving radiances determined at various center-wavelengths in the visible and near-infrared spectral regions. These data complement atmospheric AERONET aerosol products like optical thickness, size distribution, single scattering albedo, and phase function. This work describes in detail this new AERONET component and its specific elements including: measurement method, instrument calibration, processing scheme, quality-assurance, uncertainties, data archive and products accessibility. Additionally, the atmospheric and bio-optical features of the sites currently included in AERONET-OC are briefly discussed in concert with a general presentation of the deployment platforms. After illustrating the application of AERONET-OC data to the validation of primary satellite products over a variety of complex coastal waters, recommendations are then provided for the identification of new deployment sites most suitable to expand field support to satellite ocean color missions.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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