Protocols and Procedures to Verify the Performance of Fiducial Reference Measurement (FRM) Field Ocean Colour Radiometers (OCR) used for Satellite Validation.

11 November 2016

Abstract

The core action of the FRM4SOC project is to ensure that ground-based measurements of ocean colour parameters are traceable to SI standards in support of ensuring high quality and accurate Sentinel-2 MSI and Sentinel-3 OLCI products. The FRM4SOC project contributes directly to the work of ESA and EUMETSAT to ensure Sentinel-3 OLCI and Sentinel-2 MSI instruments are validated in orbit. LCE-2 links the OC field measurements to the SI-traceable calibration and verifies whether different instruments measuring the same object can provide consistent results within the uncertainty limits. Involvement of all relevant expertise available in Europe and worldwide is in line with the objectives of the project and in the interest of the EO/ocean colour community.

Therefore, it is anticipated that all interested parties in this wider community, but outside the Consortium, should be able to participate in the comparison exercise as external participants. Tartu Observatory (TO) will publish a global open invitation for LCE-2 to involve as many active users of Field Ocean Colour Radiometers as possible. Information about participating instruments will be gathered and TO will work together with the participants in order to make sure that all the necessary soft- and hardware for mounting the instruments in the lab and during the outdoor intercomparison will be available for the time of LCE-2.

The OC radiometers participating in the exercise will be gathered to TO prior LCE-2 for absolute radiometric calibration. Participants will join afterwards for comparison measurements. TO will help the participants with all aspects concerning travel, accommodation, customs, shipping of instruments, etc.

Citation

Deliverable, D., 2016. Technical Report TR-5 “Protocols and Procedures to Verify the Performance of Fiducial Reference Measurement (FRM) Field Ocean Colour Radiometers (OCR) used for Satellite Validation."

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