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Southeastern Atlantic Color

Different sorts of information can be derived from the ocean color data

Different sorts of information can be derived from the ocean color data collected by orbiting radiometers. The above pseudo-color image represents chlorophyll concentration around South Africa. If one computes the reflectance of the ocean at different wavelengths measured by the radiometer, one can form a multiband composite that reveals differences in phytoplankton community structure which are not apparent just from the chlorophyll concentration.


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