SeaWiFS Level 3 Global Binned 9 KM Monthly Ocean Color ProductsEntry ID: OBPG_SEAWIFS_L3_B9M_OC
Abstract: This data set consists of satellite measurements of global ocean color data
obtained by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS), in orbit on
the OrbView-2 (formerly SeaStar) platform. SeaWiFS ocean color products are
processed and distributed by the Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG).
Processing details can be found at
Each SeaWiFS ... Level-3 binned (9 km) data product consists of the accumulated
data for all Level-2 products, for the specified instrument and resolution,
corresponding to a period of one day, 8 days, a calendar month, a calendar
year, or the cumulative mission. Each Level-3 binned data product is stored in
one or more HDF files. The data are stored in a representation of a global,
equal-area grid whose grid cells, or "bins," have a resolution of 9.2x9.2km
(approximately 81 km2).
Each given time binning period (Daily, 8-Day, Monthly, Monthly Climatology,
Seasonal, Seasonal Climatology, Annual, Cumulative) has a separate file for
each product. These files include a main file containing all product-level
metadata, and data for each bin filled for that product and time period. In
addition, each product includes subordinate files, each of which contains data
of one binned geophysical parameter for all bins. Subordinate files must be
read in conjunction with the associated main file. The parameters are the
normalized water-leaving radiances (radiance data corrected for atmospheric
light scattering and sun angles differing from nadir), and geophysical
parameters derived from the radiance data.
SeaWiFS ocean color binned products consist of:
-Normalized water-leaving radiance at 412 nm [file x00 = nLw_412_sum]
-Normalized water-leaving radiance at 443 nm [file x01 = nLw_443_sum]
-Normalized water-leaving radiance at 490 nm [file x02 = nLw_490_sum]
-Normalized water-leaving radiance at 510 nm [file x03 = nLw_510_sum]
-Normalized water-leaving radiance at 555 nm [file x04 = nLw_555_sum]
-Normalized water-leaving radiance at 670 nm [file x05 = nLw_670_sum]
-Angstrom coefficient, 510-865 nm [file x06 = angstrom_510_sum]
-Chlorophyll-a concentration [file x07 = chlor_a_sum]
-Diffuse attenuation coefficient at 490 nm [file x08 = K_490_sum]
-Epsilon of aerosol correction at 765 and 865 nm [file x09 = eps_78_sum]
-Aerosol optical thickness at 865 nm [file x10 = tau_865_sum]
More detailed information on the Level-3 binned data product format
specifications can be found in the document at
The SeaWiFS Level 3 Binned data files are available from the FTP site at
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This data set description is a member of a collection. The collection is described in
Start Date: 1997-09-01
Quality Values provided in temporal and spatial coverage are approximate only.
Taken from the 2008-2009 Progress Report:
Variations to work plan or objectives:
Calibration and upgrade of remote Solar UV radiation field work under AAS3106 is required during the 2009-10 Austral Summer because of its inadvertent cancellation in 2008-09 due to AAD operational requirements. Further ... personal dosimetry studies may be undertaken utilising electronic dosimeters as well as polysulphone badge dosimetry depending as part of OH and S monitoring requirements.
It is noted there are new linkages with the project AAS 3160 2009-10 Australian Antarctic Medicine 1911-2011-history of Antarctic medicine which will overview research activities of which AAS 13, has been central in the past two decades.
Access Constraints These data are not yet publicly available for download.
Use Constraints This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License
Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=ASAC_13 when using these data.
Data Set Progress
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +61 3 6232 3300
Fax: +61 3 6232 3310
Email: jeff.ayton at aad.gov.au
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Province or State: Tasmania
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2000-07-17
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-11-05