Australian Sentinel-3 Validation Team (S3VT)
The objective of the Australian Sentinel-3 Validation Team for Ocean Colour (S3VT-OC) is to support validation and vicarious calibration of Sentinel-3 Level 2 and 3 products in the Australian region, by providing comprehensive ground observations of atmospheric and in-water optical measurements close to the satellite overpasses. In detail, optical and biogeochemical measurements will be performed from fixed platforms, validation floats, moorings as well as from research vessels during dedicated field campaigns. Further, the team will contribute to the development of sophisticated inversion algorithms for implementation into the Sentinel-3 toolbox led by Brockmann Consult.
The team is split across CSIRO, Curtin and Charles Darwin University and has many years of experience in Cal/Val related work and round robin laboratory and algorithm inter-comparison experiments. Team members were previously involved in activities such as the MERIS Quality Working Group and Validation Team, the ESA CoastColour and BelColour-1, 2 projects, the HyspIRI Science Team as well as in the NASA SeaHARRE HPLC round robin exercises. Both organizations perform currently full in-house processing of all MODIS data for the Australian continent and surrounding oceans and prepare for a transition to VIIRS and Sentinel-3.
A detailed work plan of the Australian S3VT-OC can be found in the Sentinel-3 Scientific Validation Team Implementation Plan (page 60-65).
Australian S3VT contact: Thomas Schroeder, CSIRO.