Objectives of the IOCCG

  • To foster expertise in using ocean-colour data (training)
    Broaden the user community for ocean color data, particularly in developing countries, through training courses, workshops and international symposia as well as exchange of in situ data and software tools for data access and processing.
  • To provide a common voice for the user community
    Develop a consensus among users on key issues related to satellite-ocean-colour science and technology, and communicate the collective view to the appropriate international bodies and space agencies. Evaluate proposals from CEOS members for new sponsors, data products and applications related to ocean-colour measurements
  • To advocate the importance of ocean-colour data to the global community
    Promote the importance of ocean colour data to the global community through workshops, conferences and other appropriate information systems such as a home page and data access networks.
  • Optimize quality of data for calibration and validation
    Encourage the formation of an international calibration and validation network for ocean colour and ensure that sea-truth measurements conform to accepted international protocols. Facilitate the formation of a distributed calibration and validation archive and database network.
  • Advocate the collection of essential ocean and atmosphere data
    Identify key variables relevant to the application of ocean-colour data and promote data-collecting strategies to fill existing gaps in time and space.
  • Facilitate merging and access to ocean-colour data
    Encourage agencies to agree on common data products and algorithms and conform to common formats for accessing and exchanging data. Encourage provision of in situ data by relevant agencies and recommend that both satellite and in situ data are available and accessible in common data-exchange formats from the same source.

Terms of Reference

The IOCCG adopted the following set of Terms of Reference, which were finalised at the second meeting of the group in Tokyo, Japan, 17-18 March, 1997.

  • To serve as a communication and coordination channel between data providers and the global, user community of satellite-ocean-colour data, and so to maximize the benefits that accumulate from international investments in ocean-colour science and technology.
  • To construct a partnership, at the international level, between the space agencies and the users of satellite-ocean-colour data to develop and coordinate data utilization.
  • To work closely with the appropriate international bodies (including CEOS, IOC and SCOR), international scientific programs (such as IGBP and GOOS), satellite-ocean-colour-mission offices and other agencies (such as environmental and fishing agencies) to harmonize the international effort and advance ocean-colour science and its applications.
  • To develop a collective voice for the community of users of ocean-colour data and to articulate this voice to the appropriate international bodies, international scientific programs and space agencies.
  • To promote the long-term continuity of satellite ocean-colour data sets; the development of operational, ocean-colour data services and new generations of ocean-colour sensors; and the integration of data from complementary ocean sensors.

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