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ChloroGIN: Use of Satellite and In Situ Data in Support of Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Resources

Shubha Sathyendranath(1), Justin Ahanhanzo(2), Stewart Bernard(3), Valborg Byfield(4), Lisa Delaney(5), Mark Dowell(6), John Field(7), Steve Groom(1), Nick Hardman-Mountford(1), Nicolas Hoepffner(6), Tim Jacobs(8), Milton Kampel(9), Srinivas Kumar(10), Vivian Lutz(11), Trevor Platt(1)

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As operational oceanography grows scientifically and expands as a practical discipline, the demand has been growing for data and information relevant to understanding the marine ecosystem at the global level, unravelling the functions of the marine ecosystem in a changing climate, and contributing to sustainable management of marine resources. As the importance of an ecosystem-based approach to the stewardship of the oceans is being increasingly recognised, opportunities are emerging for observing the ocean ecosystem at unprecedented resolution at the global scale, in a systematic and sustained manner, using satellite data. At the same time, it is well-recognised that combining satellite data with in situ observations in a judicial manner allows extension of applications to domains inaccessible by either method in isolation. In this context, there is a need for establishing a network of observations that relies on existing technology and well-established methods for making the measurements. The approach has to be simple and fast, to allow routine measurements over long time scales, and not to exclude some countries from participating, on the basis of high technological requirements or high operational costs.

1Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, The Hoe, Plymouth PL1 3DH, UK
2UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France
3Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Meiring Naude Rd, Pretoria, Gauteng 0184, South Africa
4National Oceanography Centre Southampton, Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH, United Kingdom
5Dalhousie University, Department of Oceanography, 1355 Oxford Street, Halifax, NS Canada, B3H 4J1
6European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Via E. Fermi, 2749 I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
7Marine Research (MA-RE) Institute, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa
8Vision on Technology (Vito), Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol, Belgium
9National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Av dos Astronautas, 1.758, Jd. Granja - CEP: 12227-010, São José dos Campos - SP, Brazil
10Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, "Ocean Valley", P.B No.21, IDA Jeedimetla P.O, Hyderabad - 500 055, India
11Instituto Nacional de Investifación y Desarrollo Pesquero, Paseo Victoria Ocampo Nº1, Escollera Norte, B7602HSA Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: ssat@pml.ac.uk, shubha@dal.ca

This paper shall be cited as:

Sathyendranath, S. & Co-Authors (2010). "ChloroGIN: Use of Satellite and In Situ Data in Support of Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Resources" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.75

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