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Since the launch of Envisat in March 2002 the MERIS instrument has been acquiring a wealth of high quality data, which are now being analysed by more than 350 Principal Investigators from almost all Earth science disciplines world-wide.

The MERIS Users Workshop took place from Monday 10th November to Thursday 14th of November and gave the principal investigators the opportunity to present results from their on-going AO research projects using primarily MERIS data and to discuss the state-of-the art in their respective Earth science disciplines. Specifically, the workshop focused on the results of the 2003 MERIS data analysis, intercomparison with other optical instrument data, and user issues.


The Workshop brought together ESA Principal Investigators and co-investigators, scientists and students working in the field of remote sensing of ocean color in open-ocean and coastal waters, land applications, and atmospheric sciences, and to representatives from national, European and international space agencies and Value Adding Industry.


The workshop:
  • Provided a forum for investigators to present results from on-going AO research projects
  • Discussed the use of MERIS products for scientific research and applications development in the field of ocean colour, land applications and atmospheric science
  • Initiated and encouraged close collaboration between individual research groups
  • Demonstrated the scientific capabilities of the MERIS measurements and how they compare with other optical sensor data
  • Discussed various aspects of MERIS data analysis and interpretation
  • Stimulated continuous research and encourage publication of findings
  • Assessed the usefulness of available data analysis tools
  • Formulated recommendations for algorithm development, new products and applications
  • Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry