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Instrument: CZCS : Coastal Zone Color Scanner
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The Coastal Zone Color Scanner Experiment (CZCS) onboard the Nimbus-7
spacecraft was designed to map chlorophyll concentration in water,
sediment distribution, gelbstoffe concentrations as a salinity
indicator, and temperature of coastal waters and ocean
currents. Reflected solar energy was measured in six channels to sense
color caused by absorption due to chlorophyll, sediments, and
gelbstoffe in coastal waters. The CZCS was a multi-channel scanning
radiometer which used a rotating plane mirror at a 45 degree angle to
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