The remote sensing group at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, which NEODAAS is part of, is recognised as having world leading expertise in ocean colour contributing to decades of work in the area. NEODAAS staff are involved in a range of activities related to ocean colour such as algorithm development and validation, and production of stable long term datasets.

Further Information


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  4. von Schuckmann, K., Le Traon, P.-Y., Smith, N., Pascual, A., Brasseur, P., Fennel, K. et al. 2018. Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report. Journal of Operational Oceanography, 11(sup1), S1-S142. doi:10.1080/1755876X.2018.1489208.

Key publications 

Aiken, J., Cummings, D.G., Gibb, S.W., Rees, N.W., Woodd-Walker, R., Woodward, E.M.S. et al. 1998. AMT-5 cruise report. SeaWiFS Postlaunch Technical Report Series 2.  NASA Technical Memorandum 1998-206892. S.B. Hooker and E.R. Firestone (eds.). NASA Goddard Space F open access information on the physical and biogeochemical state, variability and dynamics of the ocean and marine ecosystems. light Center. Maryland, USA, 113pp.

Aiken, J., Rees, N., Hooker, S.B., Holligan, P., Bale, A.J., Robins, D.B. et al. 2000. The Atlantic Meridional Transect: overview and synthesis of data. Progress in Oceanography, 45(3-4), 257-312. doi:10.1016/S0079-6611(00)00005-7.

Brewin, R.J.W., Dall'Olmo, G., Pardo, S., van Dongen-Vogels, V. and Boss, E.S. 2016. Underway spectrophotometry along the Atlantic Meridional Transect reveals high performance in satellite chlorophyll retrievals. Remote Sensing of Environment, 183, 82-97. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2016.05.005.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 2019. Climate: get the big picture. In: UNFCCC website [online] [Cited 5 August 2019].