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Report for Dedicated JPSS VIIRS Ocean Color Calibration/Validation Cruise



Bettye C. Johnson, Michael Ondrusek, Eric Stengel, Veronica P. Lance, Menghua Wang, Kenneth Voss, Giuseppe Zibordi, Marco Talone, Zhongping Lee, Jianwei Wei, Junfang Lin, Chuanmin Hu, David English, Charles Kovach, Jennifer Cannizzaro, Alex Gilerson, Sam Ahmed, Amir Ibrahim, Ahmed El-Habashi, Robert Foster, Robert Arnone, Ryan Vandermeulen, Sherwin Ladner, Wesley Goode, Joaquim I. Goes, Helga de Rosario Gomes, Kali McKee, Scott Freeman, Aimee Neeley


The purpose of this cruise aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster was to collect in situ optical and ancillary data for validation of JPSS VIIRS satellite ocean color radiometry and derived products [Wang et al., 2013; Wang et al., 2014]. The project interval was 9 to 22 November 2014. This 14 d interval included 10 days at sea (including transits), 2 staging days, 1 de-staging day and 1 day crew rest. Days at sea were 11 to 20 November 2014. Ten investigator groups from 11 institutions participated in the cruise. Fifteen scientists (maximum berthing allowance) sailed and conducted measurements with the support of officers and crew aboard the Nancy Foster. The cruise departed from and returned to Charleston, SC, USA, the Foster’s home port. The primary area of operations was the Western Atlantic along the U.S. Mid- and Southeastern Coast, including cross-shelf, Gulf Stream and blue waters. The cruise track was optimized to accommodate sampling transient features present in the region while respecting weather conditions during the time of the cruise. The cruise transected over 1800 km and occupied 23 stations for collection of underway and profile ocean color measurements during the 10 d duration. As expected in November in the Gulf Stream region, the weather conditions changed daily to represent a wide variety of atmospheric conditions, from cloudy to clear days. On several days, in situ measurements coincided with cloud free VIIRS satellite overpasses, enabling “match ups” for the purpose of ocean color validation. In addition, laboratory calibrations were conducted in collaboration with NIST at the STAR facility in College Park, Maryland both before and after the cruise. A NIST-developed a standard reference material was used on board for an instrument intercomparison exercise.
NOAA Technical Report Series


Ocean Color, Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite(VIIRS), Validation, in situ measurements


Johnson, B. , Ondrusek, M. , Stengel, E. , Lance, V. , Wang, M. , Voss, K. , Zibordi, G. , Talone, M. , Lee, Z. , Wei, J. , Lin, J. , Hu, C. , English, D. , Kovach, C. , Cannizzaro, J. , Gilerson, A. , Ahmed, S. , Ibrahim, A. , El-Habashi, A. , Foster, R. , Arnone, R. , Vandermeulen, R. , Ladner, S. , Goode, W. , Goes, J. , de, H. , McKee, K. , Freeman, S. and Neeley, A. (2015), Report for Dedicated JPSS VIIRS Ocean Color Calibration/Validation Cruise, NOAA Technical Report Series, [online], (Accessed May 30, 2024)


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Created September 10, 2015, Updated November 10, 2018