Great Barrier Reef
Users and Sites
The CoastColour project aims to improve user uptake of ESA's MERIS mission for applications in the coastal zones by developing, demonstrating and validating the latest advanced techniques for retrieving information on water constituents. In particular, the project aims to address the needs of:
During the CoastColour User Consultation (Cork, 19-20 March 2009) general requirements were identified by the participants for the development and demonstration of the advanced use of MERIS for monitoring water constituents in Case 2 coastal waters. These requirements covered a range of user's applications, including for example: coastal ecosystem research, early warning for aquaculture, sediment transport, water quality and pollution monitoring.
Following the user meeting, interested users were asked to provide a detailed statement of their requirements, together with a letter of commitment to the project. The letter of commitment asks each user to take an active role in the CoastColour project by:
Requirements and letters of commitment were collected from 32 user organisations prior to ITT issue. These requirements have been analysed to draw up a consolidated list of data products and services to be delivered by the Contractor under the CoastColour project. The requirements of these champion users have been consolidated in a suite of 12 globally distributed test sites with corresponding product requirements.
These are described in the following pages