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Ocean Colour CCI

The Ocean Colour CCI (OC_CCI) project focuses on the Ocean Colour ECV encompassing water-leaving radiance in the visible domain, derived chlorophyll and inherent optical properties and will utilise data archives of from ESA’s MERIS and NASA’s SeaWiFS, MODIS and possibly CZCS (after careful evaluation) sensors archives. It is also looking at the feasibility of using OCM-2 and VIIRS data as a "gap filler" before the launch of Sentinel-3.

3rd Newsletter from ESA’s Ocean Colour CCI Project


The 3rd newsletter from ESA’s Ocean Colour CCI project can be downloaded from
The newsletter focuses on the outcomes Phase 1 of the project that include version 1 of the mergedtime-series product (now with monthly as well as daily composites online at, reports describing the products and their usage in climate research and linked peer-reviewed publications. 
The aim is to release a newsletter approximately every 6 months, but if you need any support in the meantime then please feel free to email

Release of Version 1 of the ESA Ocean Colour CCI product

The Ocean Colour Team are pleased to announce the release of version 1 of the ESA Ocean Colour CCI product comprising merged and bias corrected MERIS, MODIS and SeaWiFS data with associated per-pixel uncertainty information. Data are available as level 3 mapped (geographic and sinusoidal projection) files in netCDF and PNG formats from 1997 to 2012.

Please note this is a brand new product.  In spite of the best efforts of the OC-CCI team to do quality checking on the products, some errors may still remain.  We will be grateful for any feedback (to  on issues that you encounter and we will strive to address any concerns quickly.

The data can be directly downloaded from PML at:

FTP server:
Username:   oc-cci-data
Password:   ELaiWai8ae

Version 1.0.1 of the Product User Guide is available to download from the site and also here:

Ocean Colour CCI - Product User Guide v1.0.1.pdf

The latest tools release for BEAM can be found at, and for SeaDAS  For both of these tools, a reader plugin update is required; please see the Product User Guide for details.

If you have any questions please contact


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