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The OC CCI project completed its third year (Phase 1) with the release of the v1.0 product to the international science community following internal quality control and analysis. Phase 2 is now underway, and continuity is maintained through the participation of the same consortium members as Phase 1: Plymouth Marine Laboratory (Science lead) (UK), Telespazio VEGA (UK), Brockmann Consult (Germany), Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (Germany), Joint Research Centre (EU), HYGEOS (France), Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (Norway) and Foundation of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (Portugal) but enhanced with new CRG members (University of Reading) and user engagement (Sam Lavender through VEGA)

In Phase 2 the user requirements are being continually reviewed through consultation with CMUG and CRG, and against the GCOS requirements where appropriate. This includes a cycle of atmospheric correction and in-water Round Robins to establish the best performing Algorithms, with software updates implemented.

At the end of year 1 the version 2 dataset was released, and during year 2 the project is investigating Case-2 waters that contain substances such as suspended sediments and coloured dissolved organic matter, which modify ocean colour independently of phytoplankton. Also VIIRS is being analysed for inclusion within version 3, and the inclusion of Sentinel-3 OLCI data within version 4 would be condered.

To succeed, the CCI programme must meet the needs of international Climate Research community and contribute effectively to the collective international response to GCOS, via CEOS and GEO.

Key elements of the international framework for this programme are:

  • GCOS: which represents the scientific and technical requirements of the Global Climate Observing System on behalf of UNFCCC and IPCC.
  • International Climate Research Programmes, which represent the collective interests and priorities of the worldwide climate research communities
  • CEOS: which serves as a focal point for Earth Observation related activities of Space Agencies in the GEO framework
  • Individual Partner Space Agencies with whom ESA cooperates bilaterally
  • EC and National Research Programmes which establish research priorities and provide resources for climate research community within Europe
  • Individual end-user organizations in ESA member states and worldwide, climate research, monitoring and modelling practitioners who are active in the IPCC processes

In addition to European partners, OC-CCI has identified partners in the USA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Naval Research Laboratory), Japan (Hokkaido University) and Canada (Bedford Institute of Oceanography). Additional international expertise is sought through interaction with the International Ocean Colour Coordination Group.