What software and tools will be required to support use of Sentinel-3 data at L1B and L2?
Dear ocean colour colleagues,
As member of the Sentinel-3 Mission Advisory Group (MAG) I have been asked by the European Space Agency to collect your opinions on what software and tools should be made available to the ocean colour community to facilitate usage of Sentinel-3/OLCI data. Please provide your input either via the forum or by direct email to me before end-August 2011.
The background for this is that the release of SeaDAS (http://seadas.gsfc.nasa.gov/
) as free public domain software by NASA in 1997 was an enormous help to the ocean colour science community and also facilitated greatly the improvement of processing algorithms. Visibility of the source code allowed scientists both to understand fully the processing and to suggest improvements and/or contribute their own algorithms to the community.
ESA made available from 2002 free of charge to the user community the BEAM (http://www.brockmann-consult.de/cms/web/beam/
) open-source toolbox and development platform for viewing, analysing and processing of remote sensing raster data, including MERIS.
In 2011 ESA released the ODESA Optical Data Processor (http://www.odesa-info.eu/info/
) to provide a level 2 processing environment for the MERIS instrument including MERIS online processing, analysis tools, validation facilities and a forum for discussion.
The Sentinel-3 satellite (http://www.esa.int/esaLP/SEMTST4KXMF_LPgmes_0.html
) is due for launch in 2013 as a successor to the MERIS mission, and will host the Ocean and Land Colour Instrument, OLCI, as well as the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Instrument (SLSTR), Radar Altimeter, Microwave Radiometer, GNSS receiver and Laser retroflector. ESA and EUMETSAT are preparing the Ground Segment and are now considering what software and tools should be made available to scientists and users to support use of this data. Hence this request.
Please send me your opinion and idea on what software and tools should be made available to support the use of the Sentinel-3 data at level 1B and level 2.
I note that I am not representing or contracted by ESA in this respect. The MAG members are not paid but act as independent unpaid scientists in response to specific technical and scientific questions raised by ESA. My role regarding this request is to collect opinions from the community and forward this to ESA in a coherent manner. I propose to do this in the form of a short public note, based on your inputs.
Your input can be provided via the forum or by email to me before end-August 2011. In general I will consider that emails sent to me on this subject are non-confidential and can be used or quoted for the summary note.
Obviously there are no guarantees that all requests to ESA will be satisfied. However, if an important tool is missing in a few years time then you may well regret not having asked for it now.
Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models (MUMM)
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences (RBINS)
My email is K<dot>Ruddick<at>mumm<dot>ac<dot>be