Since the pioneering work of Clarke et al. (1970) it has been known that chlorophyll a (or, more generally, pigments) contained in phytoplankton in near-surface waters produced systematic variations in the color of the ocean which could be observed from aircraft. As a direct result of this work, NASA developed the Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS), which was launched on Nimbus-G (now Nimbus-7) in October 1978. (A short description of the CZCS is provided in Appendix I.)


Atmospheric Correction Ocean Color Water Color Phytoplankton Pigment Satellite Visible 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard R. Gordon
    • 1
  • André Y. Morel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physique et ChimieUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieVillefranche-sur-MerFrance

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