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Improving the uptake of MERIS for coastal water monitoring

The importance of the coastal zone for economic activities, and the anthropogenic stresses on the ecosystem, have been described and discussed widely throughout the past 20 years. Responding to this, ESA designed the MERIS instrument specifically to provide measurements most suitable for coastal zone management and research. In space onboard Envisat since 2002, MERIS has now acquired a unique global data set ideally suited to the study of coastal waters.

Project References
 Name CoastColour
 Title Improving the uptake of MERIS for coastal water monitoring
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Ocean
 Cost €1,500k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status In progress (04/02/2010 - 03/02/2012)
Project Description
 Web site

The CoastColour project aims to improve user uptake of ESA's MERIS mission for applications in coastal waters by developing, demonstrating and validating the latest advanced techniques for retrieving information on water constituents across a range of globally distributed test sites.The objectives of the DUE CoastColour project are:

  1. Develop, validate and demonstrate best-practice regional optimisations of MERIS Case 2 retrieval algorithms over a globally distributed set of user defined areas of interest.
  2. Investigate the relative merits of MERIS Case 2 ocean-colour algorithms compared to other sources of coastal ocean-colour information, both EO and in-situ.
  3. Encourage and assist the scientific community to fully exploit the potential of MERIS data for monitoring coastal waters.
  4. Increase user uptake by demonstrating the value of MERIS ocean-colour products for monitoring coastal waters.

Product requirements have been derived from a thorough user consultation process, and all data products, documents and related information will be made available online from the CoastColour website.

 Results CoastColour Newsletter 1 (July 2010)
CoastColour Newsletter 2 (Jan 2011)
CoastColour Newsletter 3 (July 2011)
CoastColour Newsletter 4 (December 2011)
Final Report
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor Brockmann Consult Gmbh : Brockmann Consult Gmbh, Germany
 Subcontractors CO FCUL : Centro de Oceanografia, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
GKSS : GKSS Research Centre
LISE Adrinord : Universite du Littoral / Laboratoire LISE
MUMM : Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models
PML : Plymouth Marine Laboratory
User Partnership
 Users BIO : Bedford Institute of Oceanography / Dalhousie University
CarICOOS : Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System, University of Puerto Rico
CEFAS : Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
CSIR : Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
CSIRO : Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
DFO : Fisheries and Oceans
DMI : Danish Meteorological Institute
EEA : European Environment Agency
EMI : Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu
EPA : Irish Environmental Protection Agency
GKSS : GKSS Research Centre
GRAS : Geographic Resource Analysis & Science A/S
HCMR : Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
ICESS : Institute for Computational Earth System Science
ICMAN : Instituto de Ciencias Marinas de Andalucia
Ifremer : Ifremer
IMST, Turkey : Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology
INRH : Institut National de Recherche Halieutique
Irish Marine Institute : Irish Marine Institute
ISAC CNR : Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR)
ITC : Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente
JAXA : Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
KORDI : Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute
LOICZ : Land Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone
MRI : Martin Ryan Institute for Marine Science
MRI, Iceland : Marine Research Institute (HAFRO)
MSI, Tallinn : Marine Systems Institute, Tallinn University of Technology
MSU : Mississippi State University
NASA : NASA Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG)
NIOF : National Institute of Oceanography & Fisheries
NOAA : National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS)
NUIM and DCU : Joint collaboration between National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) and Dublin City University (DCU)
PML : Plymouth Marine Laboratory
ROFFS : Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc.
Scripps : Scripps Institution of Oceanography
SU : Stockholm University
SYKE : Finnish Environment Institute
TechWorks : TechWorks Marine Ltd
UCC : University College Cork
UNICAN : University of Cantabria – Environmental Hydraulics Institute
Contact Points
 Project Manager Carsten Brockmann
Brockmann Consult
Max-Planck-Str. 2
21502 Geesthacht, Germany
Tel: +49 4152 889300
Fax: +49 4152 889333
 Technical Officer Simon Pinnock
European Space Agency (ESRIN)
Via Galileo Galilei, Casella Postale 64,
00044 Frascati (RM), Italia
Tel: 0039 06 941 80573
Fax: 0039 06 941 80552
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