An overview of the SeaWiFS Project



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.