Summary and Comments
The preceding demonstration of some basic SeaWiFS data processing operations
revealed that the seemingly placid surface of the blue ocean may actually be
roiled by powerful and largely invisible ocean currents, which lead to complex
and ever-changing biological patterns.SeaWiFS allows a continuous view of the
variable movement of water and phytoplankton in the world's oceans, a view that
is valuable to researchers pursuing a variety of topics in oceanography today.
While SeaWiFS data processing and the algorithms that it employs are still
being improved, the current state of SeaWiFS allows a great amount of insight
into the complexities of the oceanic realm. For that reason, SeaWiFS data is
being used by a large number of researchers in over fifty countries.
This Science Focus! article was definitely not intended to provide a
complete tutorial on SeaWiFS data processing and data analysis!The aim of
this article was to show that the combination of a sophisticated remote sensing
instrument, data from that instrument, and data analysis tools allow
researchers to gain a much improved understanding of theoceanic
environment. SeaWiFS data can be used in a multitude of applications in
marine science and in other environmental science applications.In future
Science Focus! articles, other interesting aspects of theEarth's
environment as observed by SeaWiFS will be discussed.
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