Sensor SummaryThe SeaWiFS instrument was launched by Orbital Sciences Corporation on the OrbView-2 (a.k.a. SeaStar) satellite in August 1997, and collected data from September 1997 until the end of mission in December 2010. SeaWiFS had 8 spectral bands from 412 to 865 nm. It collected global data at 4 km resolution, and local data (limited onboard storage and direct broadcast) at 1 km. The mission and sensor were optimized for ocean color measurements, with a local noon (descending) equator crossing time orbit, fore-and-aft tilt capability, full dynamic range, and low polarization sensitivity.
Data Record PeriodOur set of data records covers the entire mission operational period from 1997-09-04 to 2010-12-11.
Data Access


Chlorophyll-a (chlor a)  
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L3B/CHL/2018
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L3M/CHL/2018

Diffuse attenuation coefficient for downwelling irradiance at 490 nm (kd490)  
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L3B/KD/2018
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L3M/KD/2018

Particulate Organic Carbon (POC)  
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L3B/POC/2018
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L3M/POC/2018

Particulate Inorganic Carbon (PIC)  
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L3B/PIC/2018
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L3M/PIC/2018

Photosynthetically Available Radiation (PAR)  
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L3B/PAR/2018
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L3M/PAR/2018

Remote Sensing Reflectance (Rrs)  
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L3B/RRS/2018
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L3M/RRS/2018


Inherent Optical Properties (IOP)  
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L2/IOP/2018
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L3B/IOP/2018
doi: 10.5067/ORBVIEW-2/SEAWIFS/L3M/IOP/2018

Data CitationSuggested Citation for SeaWiFS:

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Ocean Ecology Laboratory, Ocean Biology Processing Group. Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) {Dataset Name} Data; NASA OB.DAAC, Greenbelt, MD, USA. doi: {DOI}.
Accessed on 08/20/2018

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