Title: Merged Series of Normalized Water Leaving Radiances Obtained from Multiple Satellite Missions for the Mediterranean Sea
Citation: ADVANCES IN SPACE RESEARCH vol. 43 no. 3 p. 423-437
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC44404
ISSN: 0273-1177
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC44404
DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2008.04.004
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Merging time series of ocean color derived products provided by independent satellite missions supports related biogeochemical and environmental applications by combining temporally overlapping data sets and by increasing data coverage. The creation of a merged series of normalized water leaving radiances Lwn, the primary ocean color product, is presented for the Mediterranean Sea using the SeaWiFS and MODIS data records. The merging relies on an optically-based technique that combines the available Lwn information in a spectrally consistent way. Validation statistics indicate uncertainties associated with the merged Lwn decreasing from 24% at 412 nm to 12% in the spectral range 500-555 nm. The inter-comparison of the sensor specific products, conducted at the scale of the basin for daily to monthly time scales, indicates an overall consistency. The level of differences varies with the wavelength considered and shows a marked seasonal cycle, with differences that tend to be higher in winter. The merged series is remarkably consistent with the sensor specific data, with average absolute percentage differences lower than 10% for all wavelengths below 555 nm. The benefit of merging in terms of sampling frequency over the basin is also illustrated. A merged series of Lwn data based on the two considered missions provides valid data over 42% of the basin area on a daily basis.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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