Nimbus-7 Coastal Zone Color Scanner: System Description and Initial Imagery

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Science  03 Oct 1980:
Vol. 210, Issue 4465, pp. 60-63
DOI: 10.1126/science.210.4465.60


The Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) on Nimbus-7, launched in October 1978, is the only sensor in orbit that is specifically designed to study living marine resources. The initial imagery confirms that CZCS data can be processed to a level that reveals subtle variations in the concentration of phytoplankton pigments. This development has potential applications for the study of large-scale patchiness in phytoplankton distributions, the evolution of spring blooms, water mass boundaries, and mesoscale circulation patterns.