Coastal Atmosphere & Sea Time Series (CoASTS) and Bio-Optical mapping of Marine optical Properties (BiOMaP) : the near-surface marine bio-optical data


The CoASTS-BiOMaP data set comprises in situ near-surface inherent (e.g., absorption, scattering and backscattering coefficients) and apparent (e.g., normalized-water leaving radiance and the corresponding remote sensing reflectance) optical properties of relevance for satellite ocean colour applications. The data were produced through the Coastal Atmosphere & Sea Time Series (CoASTS) and the Bio-Optical mapping of Marine optical Properties (BiOMaP) measurement programs implemented by the Marine Optical Laboratory of the Joint Research Center (JRC) in collaboration with a number of European institutions. Common to both CoASTS and BiOMaP is the standardization of instruments, measurement methods, quality control schemes and processing codes to enforce temporal and spatial consistency to data products. CoASTS measurements comprise 125 field campaigns and 617 stations performed from December 1998 up to March 2016 benefitting of the Acqua Alta Oceanographic Tower (AAOT) in the northern Adriatic Sea to generate time series data at a fixed coastal site. CoASTS data exhibit occurrence of both Case 1 (i.e., with optical properties of water largely determined by phytoplankton) and moderately optically complex waters characterized by modest concentrations of total suspended matter (TSM) and coloured dissolved organic matter (CDOM). BiOMaP measurements comprise 36 bio-optical oceanographic campaigns and 1915 stations performed between July 2000 and May 2022 using a variety of oceanographic vessels to produce spatially distributed data across various European Seas. BiOMaP measurement regions include: the Baltic Sea exhibiting waters dominated by a high concentration of CDOM; the Adriatic Sea, Black Sea, North Sea (comprising the English Channel), Ligurian Sea, Iberian Shelf and the Greenland Sea, characterized by a variety of optically complex waters determined by diverse concentrations of CDOM and TSM; the Eastern and Western Mediterranean oligotrophic and mesotrophic Seas largely characterized by Case 1 waters.

Notes:(1) G indicates the site or geographic region (V and W for the Acqua Alta Oceanographic Tower (AAOT) in the northern Adriatic Sea, A for Adriatic Sea, B for Baltic Sea, E for Eastern Mediterranean Sea, K for Black Sea, L for Ligurian Sea, N for North Sea, O for Western Mediterranean Sea, I for Iberian Shelf, P for Greenland Sea), while cc indicates the campaign number for the specific region, ss the station number and ii the cast number.(2) Total chlorophyll-a concentration indicates the sum of chlorophyllide-a, monovinyl- and divinyl-chlorophyll-a.Projects: Coastal Atmosphere & Sea Time Series (CoASTS) Bio-Optical mapping of Marine optical Properties (BiOMaP)

Metadata Access
Creator Zibordi, Giuseppe ORCID logo; Berthon, Jean-François
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2024
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International; Data access is restricted (moratorium, sensitive data, license constraints);
OpenAccess false
Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 285121 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (-10.768W, 33.187S, 33.997E, 80.640N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 1998-12-17T10:14:16Z
Temporal Coverage End 2022-05-09T11:49:32Z