The SNPP mission has restored data collection following a spacecraft anomaly that occurred on 26 July 2022. The VIIRS calibration team is evaluating the data to determine any impacts the two-week outage may have had on data quality. This evaluation may take several weeks to complete. Until such time as this analysis is complete and any calibration adjustments can be made, users are cautioned against using these data for scientific analyses.


Sensor SummaryThe Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HICO™) is an imaging spectrometer based on the PHILLS airborne imaging spectrometers. HICO is the first spaceborne imaging spectrometer designed to sample the coastal ocean. HICO samples selected coastal regions at 90 m with full spectral coverage (380 to 960 nm sampled at 5.7 nm) and a very high signal-to-noise ratio to resolve the complexity of the coastal ocean. HICO demonstrates coastal products including water clarity, bottom types, bathymetry and on-shore vegetation maps. Each year HICO collects approximately 2000 scenes from around the world. The current focus is on providing HICO data for scientific research on coastal zones and other regions around the world.
Data Record PeriodOur set of data records covers the entire routine operations period from 2009-09-25 to 2014-09-13.
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Data CitationSuggested Citation for HICO data:

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Ocean Ecology Laboratory, Ocean Biology Processing Group. Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HICO™) {Dataset Name} Data; NASA OB.DAAC, Greenbelt, MD, USA. doi: {DOI}.
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