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The work of the scientific group focuses on interpreting and using the data provided by the ocean colour observation satellites (radiometry in the visible and near infra-red spectra) and by in-situ sensors as well as conducting studies for future satellite-borne sensors.

The research on ocean colour will specifically help to improve the understanding of the roles played by marine plankton in the global carbon cycle and therefore in the current climate changes.

The GIS COOC is highly proactive and has the critical size and necessary qualifications to meet the demands of space agencies and the national and international scientific communities. This scientific group aims at being a production and resource centre as well as a data portal for space based and in-situ ocean colour programmes.  It conducts its work within the context of the future French and/or European space programmes dedicated to the biogeochemical study of the oceans and their role in climate change.  It fits into CNES recommendations for its 2010-2020 activities on the analysis of ocean colour.


The main scientific objectives of GIS COOC are:

- undertaking and continuing in-depth algorithmic research to estimate the biogeochemical properties of the ocean from space, including considering the special nature and needs of coastal regions,

- creating long-term archives of biogeochemical products for the world's oceans (essential climatic variables),

- performing the necessary work of calibrating and validating satellite data (for example by using the data acquired by "BOUSSOLE", a permanent instrumented mooring in the Mediterranean Sea).


This scientific group also has the wider socio-economic roles of developing innovative products and services aimed directly at the public (or at health and safety agencies), promoting training and education via theses, post doctoral programmes, seminars, conferences and publications, and communicating with national and international decision makers and with the general public.

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