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First International Ocean Colour Science meeting to take place in Darmstadt, Germany

Growing global demand for ocean colour data

(PresseBox) (Darmstadt, )
The first International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) meeting will take place in Darmstadt, Germany, on 6-8 May.

The meeting organised by the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group, in partnership with EUMETSAT and NASA, is attended by some 270 participants from 36 countries, including top scientists from the ocean colour scientific community. Other meeting sponsors include ESA and CNES, the French space agency.

Satellite ocean colour instruments measure the presence of phytoplankton, tiny marine plants containing the pigment chlorophyll, suspended sediments, and coloured dissolved organic material in the world's oceans. In the last decade, ocean colour data have been used to monitor water quality, pollution, harmful algal blooms, sediment transport, and to assess the role of the ocean in the carbon cycle in our changing climate. These data are now indispensable to management of marine resources, fisheries, marine and coastal ecosystems.

The EUMETSAT Director-General, Alain Ratier, addressed the opening session today, together with Paula Bontempi, Programme Manager for NASA's Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Research Programme and David Antoine, Chair of the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group.

Commenting on the role of EUMETSAT in the development of operational oceanography in Europe, Mr Ratier said "We already deliver ocean data from our Meteosat, Metop and Jason-2 satellites, but in 2015 we will also operate the Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite on behalf of the European Commission and deliver our first ocean colour data. Our goal will then be to offer a single real-time data stream integrating meteorological and ocean products".

EUMETSAT

The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 26 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and five Cooperating States (Bulgaria, Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania, and Serbia).

EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat-8, -9 and -10 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-7 over the Indian Ocean.

The Metop-B polar-orbiting meteorological satellite, launched on 17 September 2012, has been delivering operational data since 24 April 2013. It replaced Metop-A, the first European polar-orbiting meteorological satellite, which was launched in October 2006.

The Jason-2 ocean altimetry satellite, launched on 20 June 2008, added monitoring of sea state, ocean currents and sea level change to the missions EUMETSAT conducts.

The data and products from EUMETSAT's satellites are vital to weather forecasting and make a significant contribution to the monitoring of environment and the global climate.

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