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Report for Dedicated JPSS VIIRS Ocean Color Calibration/Validation Cruise May 2018



Michael Ondrusek, Veronica P. Lance, Menghua Wang, Eric Stengel, Charles Kovach, Robert Arnone, Sherwin Ladner, Wesley Goode, Ahmed El-Habashi, Carlos Carrizo, Eder Herrera, Sam Ahmed, Joaquim I. Goes, Helga de Rosario Gomes, Kali McKee, Chuanmin Hu, Jennifer Cannizzaro, Yingjun Zhang, Chih-Wei Huang, David English, Bettye C. Johnson, Zhongping Lee, Xiaolong Yu, Zhehai Shang, Nicholas Tufillaro, Ivan Lalovic, Kenneth Voss


The overall aim of the annual National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) dedicated Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) ocean color calibration/validation cruises is to support improvements in the extent and accuracy of satellite remotely sensed ocean color parameters in the near surface ocean. The primary objective of these cruises is to collect high quality in situ optical and related biogeochemical data for purpose of validating satellite ocean color radiometry and derived products from VIIRS on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) and NOAA-20 satellites and the follow-on JPSS missions. The second objective is to quantify the confidence intervals of optical measurement protocols. The third objective is to characterize the optical signatures of a variety of water masses (i.e., coastal, near-shore, cross-shelf, eddies, fronts, filaments, blue water, etc.). This document summarizes the fourth calibration/validation cruise, which took place in May of 2018.
NOAA Technical Report NESDIS


Ocean Color, Radiometry, Calibration/Validation
Created May 31, 2019, Updated September 24, 2019