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Multi-Agency Meeting to Assess Ocean Color Requirements

A Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) scientist represented NOAA in a workshop to determine a strategy for assessing foreign ocean color sensors so that they can provide critical backup for MODIS-Aqua and SeaWiFS sensors. The meeting was held on January 29 – 31 at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi to unite U.S. users of the Ocean Color Monitor (OCM) on the Indian Oceansat and Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) of the European Space Agency (ESA). The meeting participants included NASA, Navy, and universities (Rutgers, Louisiana State University, and Oregon State University). A draft strategy will be developed and results will guide NOAA and NASA discussions and planning with ESA and the Indian Space Research Organization.

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