Ocean color data provide an incomparable view of the changeable patterns of biological activity in the marine realm. These data also indicate how, and where, physical processes interact with the biological communities of the ocean, particularly the minute plants (phytoplankton) that produce organic carbon by photosynthesis. The images below are some of the most striking examples of ocean color data obtained by remote sensing from space, and they will be used in the following sections to illustrate discussions of selected biological and physical oceanic phenomena.
Note: Classic CZCS scenes is written as a tutorial. If you are unfamiliar with CZCS data, ocean color, and oceanography, it is best to read though it sequentially, starting with Chapter 1: Interactions of ocean currents and biology around Tasmania.