André Valente, Universidade de Lisboa
Shubha Sathyendranath, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Vanda Brotas, Universidade de Lisboa
Steve Groom, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Michael Grant, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Malcolm Taberner, EUMETSAT
David Antoine, Sorbonne Université
Robert Arnone, University of Southern MississippiFollow
William M. Balch, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Kathryn Baker, ARGANS Ltd
Ray Barlow, Bayworld Centre for Research and Education
Simon Bélanger, Université du Québec à Rimouski
Jean-François Berthon, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Şükrü Beşiktepe, Dokuz Eylul University
Yngve Borsheim, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway
Astrid Bracher, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Vittorio Brando, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
Elisabetta Canuti, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Francisco Chavez, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Andrés Cianca, PLOCAN – Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands
Hervé Claustre, Sorbonne Université
Lesley Clementson, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
Richard Crout, Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space CenterFollow
Robert Frounin, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
Carlos García-Soto, Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO)
Stuart W. Gibb, University of the Highlands and Islands
Richard Gould, Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center
Stanford B. Hooker, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Mati Kahru, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
Milton Kampel, National Space Research Institute (INPE)
Holger Klein, Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency
Susanne Kratzer, Stockholm University
Raphael Kudela, University of California Santa Cruz
Jesus Ledesma, Instituto del Mar del Perú
Hubert Loisel, Université Lille
Patricia Matrai, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
David McKee, University of Strathclyde
Brian G. Mitchell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
Tiffany Moisan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flight Facility
Frank Muller-Karger, University of South Florida
Leonie O'Dowd, Fisheries and Ecosystem Advisory Services, Marine Institute, Rinville – Oranmore, Galway, Ireland
Michael Ondrusek, NOAA/NESDIS/STAR/SOCDFollow
Trevor Platt, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Alex J. Poulton, Heriot-Watt University
Michael Repecaud, IFREMER Centre de Brest
Thomas Schroeder, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
Timothy Smyth, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Denise Smyth-Wright, National Oceanography Centre, Waterfront Campus
Heidi M. Sosik, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Michael Twardoski, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Vincenzo Vellucci, Sorbonne Université
Kenneth Voss, University of Miami
Jeremy Werdell, NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterFollow
Marcel Wernand, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Simon Wright, Australian Antarctic Division and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre
Giuseppe Zibordi, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

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Ocean Science and Engineering


A global compilation of in situ data is useful to evaluate the quality of ocean-colour satellite data records. Here we describe the data compiled for the validation of the ocean-colour products from the ESA Ocean Colour Climate Change Initiative (OC-CCI). The data were acquired from several sources (including, inter alia, MOBY, BOUSSOLE, AERONET-OC, SeaBASS, NOMAD, MERMAID, AMT, ICES, HOT and GeP&CO) and span the period from 1997 to 2018. Observations of the following variables were compiled: spectral remote-sensing reflectances, concentrations of chlorophyll a, spectral inherent optical properties, spectral diffuse attenuation coefficients and total suspended matter. The data were from multi-project archives acquired via open internet services or from individual projects, acquired directly from data providers. Methodologies were implemented for homogenization, quality control and merging of all data. No changes were made to the original data, other than averaging of observations that were close in time and space, elimination of some points after quality control and conversion to a standard format. The final result is a merged table designed for validation of satellite-derived ocean-colour products and available in text format. Metadata of each in situ measurement (original source, cruise or experiment, principal investigator) was propagated throughout the work and made available in the final table. By making the metadata available, provenance is better documented, and it is also possible to analyse each set of data separately. This paper also describes the changes that were made to the compilation in relation to the previous version (Valente et al., 2016). The compiled data are available at (Valente et al., 2019).

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