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Halpern, Benjamin S. 2006. Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS). (Abstract) (Online version)

Abstract

Subtle changes in ocean color signify various types and quantities of marine phytoplankton (microscopic marine plants), the knowledge of which has both scientific and practical applications. It became apparent to the oceanographic community that because of the dynamic nature of the world's oceans and climate, and the importance of the ocean's role in global change, a follow-on sensor to the Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) should be flown. From a scientific perspective, obtaining ocean color data from space in the early 1990s is a high priority goal that has been recognized in reports of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. The SeaWiFS Project was designated to develop and operate a research data system to gather, process, archive, and distribute data received from an ocean color sensor. The principal objective has been to acquire data that are critical for the study of the role of oceans, including the exchange of critical elements andgases between the atmosphere and ocean, and how these exchanges affect phytoplankton production. (SeaWiFS Projcet - Detailed Description: http://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/SeaWiFS/BACKGROUND/SEAWIFS_970_BROCHURE.html, Accessed May 30, 2006) For information on how this data set was used please see, Supporting Online Material for Strong Top-down control in Southern California Kelp Forest Ecosystems, Benjamin S. Halpern, Karl Cottenie, Bernardo R. Broitman, http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/312/5777/1230/DC1, Accessed 30 May 2006 and Published 26 May 2006, Science 312, 1230 (2006) DOI: 10.1126/science.1128613