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Special Issue "Editorial Board Members’ Collection Series: Recent Progress in Ocean Colour Remote Sensing"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Ocean Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 112

Special Issue Editors

Satellite Oceanography and Marine Optics, Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Heraklion 71003, Crete, Greece
Interests: validation and vicarious calibration of satellite data; accuracy of satellite and in situ data (uncertainty and SI traceability); fiducial reference measurements; open ocean and coastal remote sensing of the Eastern Mediterranean; ocean color; sea surface temperature; albedo; BRDF; coastal zone; climate change
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Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, Hancock County, MS 39529, USA
Interests: ocean color; ocean remote sensing; sensor fusion; hyperspectral sensing
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State Key Laboratory of Satellite Ocean Environment Dynamics, Second Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources, 36 Baochubei Road, Hangzhou 310012, China
Interests: ocean color; ocean lidar; ocean optics; ocean ecology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ocean colour remote sensing utilizes the intensity and spectral variation of visible light scattered upward from beneath the ocean surface (water leaving radiance) to derive concentrations of biogeochemical constituents and inherent optical properties. Satellite ocean colour has revealed decadal-scale changes in the ocean biosphere and has been designated an essential climate variable by the World Meteorological Organisation, with water leaving radiance and derived chlorophyll estimates, a proxy for phytoplankton, as its main components. Ocean colour satellite sensors not only estimate phytoplankton variables (including chlorophyll, phytoplankton, harmful algal blooms, etc.), but can also be used to map other living and abiotic products across the globe, including suspended sediment loads and light absorption of coloured dissolved organic matter. Recent advances in satellite technology and algorithm development have made it possible to detect water quality, ocean ecology, and many other aspects of the ocean environment using remote sensing technology. A project entitled “Editorial Members’ Collection Series—Recent Advances in Ocean Colour Observations” has been dedicated to the journal Remote Sensing to address the current status, challenges, and future research priorities for remote sensing of ocean colour. This Special Issue is devoted to the most recent advances in the studies of remote sensing technology and its applications in ocean colour studies, with an emphasis on the following topics:

  • Uncertainty in satellite ocean colour measurements;
  • Satellite ocean colour validation measurements and their uncertainties, including fiducial reference measurements (FRM);
  • Assessment and monitoring of water quality;
  • Bio-optic models and atmospheric correction;
  • Lidar and polarimetry remote sensing;
  • Assimilation of ocean colour and other applications of ocean-colour products in modeling;
  • Climate change monitoring and climate data record improvements using satellite ocean colour;
  • Interactions between ocean colour observations and other factors, including phytoplankton and fisheries;
  • Ocean colour with deep learning;
  • Hypersepectral remote sensing, for example, applications for the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission (NASA);
  • New applications for small satellites (cubesats and nanosastellites);
  • Linkages between ocean colour data and ocean physics: submesoscale eddies and filaments, frontal dynamics and coastal ocean circulation.

Dr. Andrew Clive Banks
Dr. Jason Keith Jolliff
Dr. Peng Chen
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • ocean colour and optics
  • phytoplankton
  • harmful algal blooms
  • water quality
  • assimilation and modeling

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