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Applications of the MERIS algal pigment products in Belgian waters
Ruddick, K.; Park, Y.; Astoreca, R.; Borges, A.; Lacroix, G.; Lancelot, C.; Rousseau, V. (2008). Applications of the MERIS algal pigment products in Belgian waters, in: Proceedings of the 2nd MERIS/(A)ATSR User Workshop, 22–26 September 2008, ESRIN, Frascati, Italy. ESA Special Publications, 666: pp. 6
In: (2008). Proceedings of the 2nd MERIS/(A)ATSR User Workshop, 22–26 September 2008, ESRIN, Frascati, Italy. ESA Special Publications, 666. ESA Communication Production Office: Noordwijk. ISBN 978-92-9221-230-8. , more
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Document type: Conference paper

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Abstract
    Following validation activities and corresponding improvements in processing algorithms over the first few years of the MERIS mission, the algal1 and algal2 products are now considered as sufficiently mature for use in applications in Belgian waters. The utility of this product has been enhanced by the development of a number of multitemporal products including single point time series, multitemporal composites (monthly/3-monthly means) and annual products such as the mean and 90 percentile concentrations and the timing of the spring bloom. Marine management applications include: support for the assessment of eutrophication status in the context of the Oslo and Paris Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution (OSPAR), optimization of seaborne monitoring, detection of harmful algal blooms and support for aquaculture. More generally, the MERIS data is used in support of marine science including the validation of ecosystem models and may be used in the future for the estimation of air-sea carbon fluxes. The current status of these applications is described together with an assessment of the remaining scientific challenges as well as the future possibilities.

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