Abstract

The ocean color and temperature scanner (OCTS) collected global ocean color data from November 1996 to June 1997. Analyses of OCTS imagery indicate three features that impair scientific research uses: (1) band misalignments, (2) image striping, and (3) image noise. These are due to (1) band offsets in the sensor design, (2) detector radiometric response variability, and (3) primarily cloud contamination, respectively. Methods are analyzed to ameliorate the effects of each that facilitate use of OCTS ocean color data for quantitative scientific analyses.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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