RE-COLOUR - Reconstruction of colour schemes

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Context and objectives

The project RECOLOUR is a spin-off project from BELCOLOUR. The synoptic imagery of ocean from satellite provides unique spatial coverage to help answer environmental management and research questions. For numerous applications it is more useful to have a complete time series of data at all points rather than data which is gappy in space and time because of clouds, masking of low confidence data and absence of acquisitions. The objectives of RECOLOUR are to reanalyze BELCOLOUR and Pathfinder scenes. Specific objectives are to exploit Empirical Orthogonal Functions (EOFs) to provide an optimal methodology for fillling missing data in space and time and generate complete series of gridded products of SST, Chl a, TSM and associated error fields. RECOLOUR will also synthesise the variability of the studied systems (southern North Sea, Mediterranean Sea around Corsica) by identifying dominant modes of variability. RECOLOUR will provide a methodology to detect anomalous pixels resulting from imperfect cloudmasking. Multivariate approaches will extend the EOF to include informations from wind-stress and tidal amplitudes. RECOLOUR will verify that a multivariate approach provides better estimates than univariate approaches.

Project outcome


D1. Southern North Sea satellite data : gridded datasets with documentation on data format and processing

D2. Updated database BELCOLOUR1 produced after the first RECOLOUR processing. New data from BELCOLOUR2

D3. Southern North Sea hydrodynamical model : gridded data from the COHERENS hydrodynamical model

D4. Mediterranean satellite data : the Pathfinder gridded dataset for the Mediterranean

D5. DINEOF reconstructions: EOF patterns and time-evolution

D6. time interpolation at moments not covered by an image

D7. multitemporal averages will be calculated, avoiding bias due to inhomogeneous data coverage

D8. error-covariance matrices of each analysis. Those matrices allow to provide error maps for each image.

D9: mask of suspicious pixels provided, based on the statistics of difference between analysed and original pixels

D10. SeaWifs TSM data will be used in combination with COHERENS model outputs to provide filled images

D11. A tool estimating surface TSM by least square approach on the EOF amplitudes from wind-stress and tide

D12. RECOLOUR products on the BELCOLOUR WWW pages, Mediterranean products on GHER WWW pages