November 2012

  • October report is available
  • Reprocessing ongoing
    In order to improve the data quality, the CoastColour Archive data are currently being re-processed. The L1P and L2R products will appear in November, and the L2W data in December.

May 2012

  • NRT data have been moved to archive

January 2012

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

Software and Production

More than 35TB of MERIS FRS products from coastal zone will be processed using BEAM Technology. The software will be under the GNU Public License.

The CoastColour Project

The European Space Agency has launched the CoastColour project to fully exploit the potential of the MERIS instrument for remote sensing of the coastal zone. The product requirements have been derived from a user consultation process. All data will be made online available from this Website.
CoastColour is developing, demonstrating, validating and intercomparing different Case 2 algorithms over a global range of coastal water types, identifying best practices, and promoting discussion of the results in an open, public form.

The demise of ENVISAT in April 2012 determined the end of the NRT service within CoastColour. However, all MERIS Archive products that have been processed are available via the CoastColour archive.



Coastal Water Challenges

The task of retrieving water optical properties and concentrations from reflections spectra in coastal waters is a complex matter. In contrast to case 1 water, where by definition, only 1 component determines the variability of the water leaving radiance reflectance, ...

CoastColour products

All MERIS Full resolution (300m) data of the CoastColour test sites and of the years 2005 to 2009 have successfully been processed into an improved top-of-atmosphere product, the so called L1P product. Also a set of products of the year 2006 of atmospherically corrected reflectances (L2R) and water properties (L2W) are available as demonstration products. An NRT service has been set up which processes the most recent MERIS products to all 3 fore mentioned product levels.
For more information see the Products page.

The test sites.

In the description below it should be recognised that a given site is likely to have a wide range of oceanographic and hence optical characteristics and the user interest may be focussed on one small part.