An overview of the SeaWiFS Project

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It is apparent to the oceanographic community that due to the dynamic nature of the world's oceans and climate and the importance of the ocean's role in global change, a follow-on sensor to the Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) should be flown [Ocean Color Science Working Group, 1982; Joint EOSAT/NASA SeaWiFS Working Group, 1987]. Acquisition of ocean-color data from space in the early 1990s is a high-priority goal that has been recognized in National Academy of Sciences reports. NASA's Office of Space Science and Applications (OSSA) and Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) have designated the Sea-Viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) Project to develop and operate an ocean-color research data system.

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