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The Patchiness of Ocean Color

The Patchiness of Ocean Color

The ability to capture nearly instantaneous views of large areas of ocean surface makes satellite radiometers invaluable for the study of this often patchy and dynamic environment. That same patchiness can, however, challenge developers of satellite ocean color algorithms when they compare satellite and in situ measurements with each other.

The VIIRS data used to create the above image were collected on February 7, 2015.