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After completion of Workpackage 1 in Quarter 1/2015 the project has commenced its activities with workpackage 2 “Implementation and Validation”. The work has focus on compilation of the “Database for Task 2” which will subsequently be used to text the algorithms. First, the team agreed in a teleconf on the configuration of the radiative transfer model runs (atmosphere and ocean). The Hyrolight (water, HZG) and SMART-G (atmosphere, HYGEOS) were configured accordingly and the computations were started. First datasets are already completed during this reporting period and the computations will be continued during the next quarter. PML has started to deliver in-situ data to the database, and after the team agreed on the test sites BC has started to collect MERIS and AATSR data over these sites. After the initial launch of Sentinel 2 and because this project will study the applicability of the algorithms to Sentinel 2, good (cloudfree) scenes over these test sites will also be collected. BC has tested the access to the science Hub and configured its automated downloading procedures. A report on this was given by K. Stelzer at the Sentinel 2 Expert Session in ESRIN, 29.-30.09.2015.

Thanks to an initiative of the SEOM POCO project the preparation of a common ocean colour user workshop in 2016 has been started. A first organisation teleconf has been held in August where the overall objectives and outline of the workshop has been discussed. The workshop will be help in the timeframe September – November 2016, presumably in ESRIN, and the teams are expecting ~ 120 participants.

Progress Meeting 1

Progress Meeting 1 was held on 03.09.2015. The main focus of activities was on the radiative transfer simulations to create the database that will be used later on to develop and test the various algorithms. The work on the algorithm development has been started and the preparation of the SEOM Ocean Colour workshop in autumn 2016 is making good progress.


During the first months of the project the Requirements Baseline was elaborated and includes a comprehensive literature review, which is planned to be published as a peer reviewed publication. The international science support team for the project was established and comprises 14 expert scientists from Europe, South- and North America, Asia and Australia, and includes representatives from GEO and IOCCG.

Science Review Meeting

The first important milestone of the project is the Science Review Meeting. The objectives of the SR are to assess the status of the project, to review Review Requirement Baseline and to establish a common understanding on algorithms to be studies in next months. The foundation for the Algorithm Theoretical Baseline will be laid.

The Science Review Meeting was held on 24.06.2015 in Brussels.