Use of Real Time Satellite Infrared and Ocean Color to Produce Ocean Products

Thursday, 18 December 2014: 9:45 AM
Mitchell A Roffer1, Frank E Muller-Karger2, Daniel Westhaver1, Greg Gawlikowski1, Matthew Upton1 and Candice Hall1, (1)ROFFS, West Melbourne, FL, United States, (2)University of South Florida St. Petersburg, IMaRS, St Petersburg, FL, United States
Real-time data products derived from infrared and ocean color satellites are useful for several types of users around the world. Highly relevant applications include recreational and commercial fisheries, commercial towing vessel and other maritime and navigation operations, and other scientific and applied marine research. Uses of the data include developing sampling strategies for research programs, tracking of water masses and ocean fronts, optimizing ship routes, evaluating water quality conditions (coastal, estuarine, oceanic), and developing fisheries and essential fish habitat indices. Important considerations for users are data access and delivery mechanisms, and data formats. At this time, the data are being generated in formats increasingly available on mobile computing platforms, and are delivered through popular interfaces including social media (Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and others), Google Earth and other online Geographical Information Systems, or are simply distributed via subscription by email.

We review 30 years of applications and describe how we develop customized products and delivery mechanisms working directly with users. We review benefits and issues of access to government databases (NOAA, NASA, ESA), standard data products, and the conversion to tailored products for our users. We discuss advantages of different product formats and of the platforms used to display and to manipulate the data.