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CoastColour preparatory User Consultation
The first user workshop for the DUE CoastColour project was held at the National Maritime College of Ireland, Cork, on 19-20 March 2009.
Recent research in satellite monitoring of ocean colour in coastal zones has demonstrated continuing advances in the retrieval of important parameters such as the chlorophyll concentration, algal blooms, sediment load, water clarity and river runoff. The societal benefits of this type of information are potentially huge, examples include: coastal ecosystem research, early warning for aquaculture, water quality information for recreational users, and pollution monitoring for coast guards.
The CoastColour project aims to increase global user uptake of advanced information products from ESA's MERIS mission by developing, demonstrating and validating the latest techniques for monitoring water constituents in coastal zones around the world.
In particular, the project will address the user needs of:
- scientists studying the bio- and geophysical processes in coastal waters, and
- companies and government agencies who specialise in providing water quality information to the aquaculture industry, local authority water quality managers, etc.
The first workshop for the DUE CoastColour project was co-organised with the University College Cork Coastal and Marine Resources Centre, and held at the National Maritime College of Ireland on 19-20 March 2009. The purpose of this workshop was to bring users and experts together to define the detailed set of user requirements for the project, including identifying the priority information types and priority regions of interest.
Over 50 participants from the worldwide scientific and user communities attended the workshop to learn more about the unique capabilities of MERIS for monitoring coastal waters, and to provide their specific requirements for the information services to be developed and tested by CoastColour.
Thursday 19 March
- Welcome - Heads of National Maritime College of Ireland: John Clarence, Cdr. Mark Mellett
- Setting the Context - Prof. Robert Devoy, Dept of Geography, University College Cork and IPCC representative
- Objectives and Structure of the Workshop - Simon Pinnock, European Space Agency
Monitoring Coastal Water with MERIS (Chair: S. Pinnock, ESA)
- Status and evolution of the MERIS Level-2 water products - Marc Bouvet (European Space Agency)
- Case 2 retrieval algorithms - Roland Doerffer (GKSS Research Centre, Germany)
- Class-based regional algorithms - Mark Dowell (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
- Inherent Optical Property models for Case 2 waters - Takafumi Hirata (Plymouth Marine Lab., UK)
- Monitoring of sediment transport in major estuaries of the World Ocean: The Gironde, Rhone, Mackenzie, Amazon and Yangtze Rivers - David Doxaran (Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, France)
- Requirements for ocean colour radiometry derived products for operational monitoring in coastal waters - Carsten Brockmann (Brockmann Consult, Germany)
Users' Requirements for Coastal Water Monitoring (Chair: O. Arino, ESA)
- Use of MERIS for operational monitoring under the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative - Gordon Campbell (European Space Agency)
- Experience with ocean colour products from other sensors and future requirements - Ilaria Nardello (Marine Institute, Cork, Ireland)
- Operational monitoring in Ireland - perceived and real values for paying customers - Mark White (Nowcasting, Ireland)
- The use of remote-sensing data for the application of the Water Framework Directive in France: Expectations of the users - Francis Gohin (Ifremer, France)
- Operational/application user needs in the U.S. - Phil Keegstra (NOAA CoastWatch, USA)
- Requirements for monitoring the Plumes and Blooms test site - Stephane Maritorena (University of California Santa Barbara, USA)
- Requirements from the LOICZ project - Alice Newton (Chair of the IGBP Land Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zones project, U. Algarve, Portugal)
- Canadian needs for ocean color monitoring of the coastal zone - Pierre Larouche (Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Quebec, Canada)
- Coastal Ocean Observing System needs in the Caribbean Sea - Jose Lopez (Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System CariCOOS, Puerto Rico)
- KORDI's requirements for MERIS CASE-2 water monitoring - Yu-Hwan Ahn (Korean Ocean Research and Development Institute, South Korea)
Friday 20 March
- Review of requirements and potential CoastColour project activities from Day 1 - ESA
- Organisation into Breakout Groups - ESA
Discussion in Breakout Sessions
- Session A - (Users) Priority User Requirements, and Potential CoastColour Test Sites (Chair: Charlotte O'Kelly - TechWorks Marine, Moderator: S. Pinnock)
- Session B - (Experts) What can be done now to perform Case 2 monitoring worldwide with MERIS? (Chair: Carsten Brockmann - Brockmann Consult, Moderator: N. Dwyer)
Summary and Wrap-up
- Report back from Breakouts - Session Chairs
- Discussion on "Meeting User Requirements with Existing Capabilities in the CoastColour project" - All