In-situ optical data of Southeast Asia Region for NASA SeaBASS

Invitation from NASA GSFC to voluntarily submit in-situ optical data of Southeast Asia Region

“Congratulations on the concise, informative portal for ocean color in Southeast Asia. I work in coastal and global ocean color algorithm development at NASA GSFC, and have found certain regions of the world – including Southeast Asia – somewhat underrepresented in terms of accessible in situ optical data. These data are critical to ocean color characterization and algorithm calibration and validation. For this reason, I hope you will consider encouraging principal investigators visiting your site to voluntarily (if not NASA funded) submit field data to ongoing collections such as NASA’s SeaWiFS Bio-optical Archive and Storage System (SeaBASS; Thanks, and good luck with the future of the portal.”

By Dirk Aurin, NASA

The Coastal Ocean from a Hyperspectral Perspective

Just wanted to let everyone know that there is a new feature on the Ocean Color Web homepage ( ) that Norman Kuring has just put together using some of the HICO data that in collaboration with our colleagues at the Naval Research Laboratory and Oregon State University, we are now making available to the broader ocean color community.  It is a wonderfully clear and creative depiction of the kind of information that is contained within the hyperspectral data from HICO.  You can access the feature directly at:

Modis Aqua Reprocessing

MODIS Ocean Color Data Users:

Within the next few days the OBPG plans to initiate a partial reprocessing of MODIS-Aqua ocean color products spanning approximately the last year of the mission (August 2012 to present).  As indicated in a previous message (sent 2 August 2013), this reprocessing is just an update to the instrument calibration to reduce some mirror-side striping artifacts.  The impact to the global mean time-series is small.  For details, see:

We expect the reprocessing to be completed within a few days of initiation. If you have any questions or wish to track the status of the reprocessing, please refer to the topic on the ocean color forum.