Remote sensing still provides an unparalleled volume of information on phytoplankton distribution and dynamics, typically a few times per sunlit month down to a spatial resolution of 1km, for the entire coastal seas of Antarctica.

Further improvements in data availability can be expected from new high zenith angle atmospheric correction algorithms and scattered cloud coverage can be mitigated to some extent by optimised interpolation methods.

Belgium is proposing to set up a remote sensing centre dedicated to providing quality-improved and quality-controlled chlorophyll a data for the coastal seas of Antarctica to support international research activities.

Feedback is requested on these activities to clarify user needs for such remote sensing data from the international scientific community and to ensure complementarity with existing activities.

Read the proposal.

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