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OAR-Airborne Ocean Color (AOC)
browse graphicThe Airborne Ocean Color sensor comprises 7 optical radiometers that look up to measure the downwelling irradiance and 7 others that look down to measure the upwelling radiance. The ratio provides the remote sensing reflectance of the ocean. The 7 bands are chosen to approximate those on the SeaWIFS satellite sensor. From the remote sensing reflectance, the concentration of chlorophyll a near the surface can be estimated using the same algorithms that are used with the satellite data. The primary difference between the airborne and satellite data is that the former can be collected below clouds and have much greater spatial resolution.

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NOAA Observing System Architecture ArcGIS Map Viewer
Map viewer for all NOSA observing systems
OAR-AOC All Capabilities Webpage
Webpage containing all of NOSA’s mapping capabilities and information for OAR-AOC
OAR-AOC Station Search Results
IDB Station Search Result Set for NOSA-OAR-AOC
OAR-AOC Table Metadata
IDB Table Metadata for NOSA.OAR_ETL_AOC_TSQL
OAR-Chemical Sciences Division Homepage
Webpage containing all information relevent to OAR-AOC
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