The study of ocean colour/biology is primarily utilized by the fishing industry to monitor algal blooms and phytoplankton distribution, both key elements of the oceanic food chain.
Ocean Colour/Biology & Fisheries
21 October 2016
A new service harnesses three decades of satellite observations of coastal zones made available through a cloud-based system to provide a rich information source for fisheries, one of our fastest growing sources of food.
Estonia has been awarded its first contract since becoming an ESA Member State in 2015. Over the next three years, scientists from Estonia's Tartu Observatory will head an international team to ensure that Sentinel-3's measurements of ocean colour are of the highest quality possible.
04 September 2015
The Sentinel-2A satellite has been in orbit for only a matter of weeks, but new images of an algal bloom in the Baltic Sea show that it is already exceeding expectations. Built essentially as a land monitoring mission, Sentinel-2 will also certainly find its way into marine applications.
03 March 2015
Developers of apps that use satellite data to assist the agricultural industry took home the top two prizes at this year's ESA App Camp in Barcelona.
17 February 2015
With fundamental changes happening to the chemistry of the world's oceans, salinity information from ESA's SMOS mission is being used with other Earth observation data to obtain information on 'the other carbon dioxide problem' - ocean acidification.
29 May 2014
Information from Earth-observing satellites is being used to protect and sustainably manage our natural resources.
06 December 2013
With the first of the Sentinel satellites being readied for launch next spring, scientists are looking ahead to the third mission in the series to ensure the highest quality data possible.
20 November 2012
An anticlockwise rotation of sea-surface height patterns has been observed near Norway's west coast. Archived data from radar altimeters on the ERS-1, ERS-2 and Envisat satellites show the wave-like motion around the centre of the Lofoten Basin.
06 December 2011
Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. In this edition, we look at a colourful estuary in northwest Madagascar.
06 December 2011
Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. In this edition, phytoplankton highlight the whirls of ocean currents in spectacular shades of blue and green.
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