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Appl Opt. 2007 Jun 20;46(18):3856-69.

Optically based technique for producing merged spectra of water-leaving radiances from ocean color remote sensing.

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European Commission-Directorate General Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environmental and Sustainability, Global Environment Monitoring Unit, Ispra, Italy.


An optically based technique is presented that produces merged spectra of normalized water-leaving radiances L(WN) by combining spectral data provided by independent satellite ocean color missions. The assessment of the merging technique is based on a four-year field data series collected by an autonomous above-water radiometer located on the Acqua Alta Oceanographic Tower in the Adriatic Sea. The uncertainties associated with the merged L(WN) obtained from the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer are consistent with the validation statistics of the individual sensor products. The merging including the third mission Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer is also addressed for a reduced ensemble of matchups.

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