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Satellite Based Oceanography

Information to balance sustainable environmental management and economic interests in open and coastal areas

Service provider: SCISYS Deutschland GmbH
User/Customer: Public organizations
EOservice: Satellite Based Oceanography
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Source: VCS Aktiengesellschaft

Remote sensing data obtained from satellites represents an indispensable source of information for oceanographers and fishery scientists. It enables researchers to monitor and study the marine environment as a fundamental basis to create a balance between sustainable environmental management and economic interests.

Fishing is an important industry in many regions of the world. But it is not the only economic sector that strongly depends on an intact marine environment. Also tourism plays an important role for many countries and their local economy.

The VCS solution for this market is a X-/L-Band Satellite Ground Station. Such combined X-/L-Band Satellite receiving Systems is also equipped for the prediction of satellite track and for the reception of satellite imageries and other related information from polar orbiting satellites like NOAA, FengYun, Metop, SeaStar, TERRA, and AQUA. Data from future satellite missions like NPP and JPSS can be added without problems.

All these satellites are fitted with radiometer instruments for capturing of cloud imageries in real-time providing a spatial resolution of 250m to 1km in several spectral bands reaching from visible through infrared.

The VCS acquisition software allows scheduled reception of all digital images as requested from the polar orbiting satellites. The reception and main processing functions are generally performed as background processes totally automatically needing no intervention from operators.

Current Satellite Marine Remote Sensing technology is highly accurate and has acquired greater understanding of the different factors that can contribute to the signal received from the ocean surface so that steps can be taken to filter out unwanted contributions, thereby enhancing the information content of the signal required. The sea surface properties that can be measured to useful accuracy from a satellite are:
- Ocean Colour – known as Chlorophyll a and it is a signal of the phytoplankton concentration in the ocean
- Sea Surface Temperature (SST) – which also helps in calculating the Sea Surface Salinity(SSS)
- Roughness
- Upwelling
- Sea Surface Height (SSH)

Advanced Systems for Marine Research provide a better understanding of the marine environment with view on longer-term interactions and their impact on the commercial use in balance with a sustainable environmental protection.

To monitor and study the marine environment allows the development of sustainable fisheries resources in a way that is likely to ensure that fishing areas derive benefit by increasing fish production from marine waters through rational fishing in accordance with proper resource management tools, without compromising the current potential of that benefit.