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Coastal Zone Colour Scanner (CZCS) - Level 0 data from NEODAAS Dundee Satellite Receiving Station

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 2018-12-05
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2020-05-06
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 4.43K Files | 88GB


The Coastal Zone Colour Scanner (CZCS) was a multi-channel scanning radiometer aboard the US Nimbus 7 satellite. Nimbus 7 was launched 24 October 1978, and CZCS became operational on 2 November 1978. It was only designed to operate for one year (as a proof-of-concept), but in fact remained in service until 22 June 1986. Its operation on board the Nimbus 7 was limited to alternate days as it shared its power with the passive microwave scanning multi channel microwave radiometer.

CZCS measured reflected solar energy in six channels, at a resolution of 800 meters. These measurements were used to map chlorophyll concentration in water, sediment distribution, salinity, and the temperature of coastal waters and ocean currents.

The data were transferred to CEDA when the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station (NEODAAS Dundee node) facility was closed to continue the long term archive.

Citable as:  NEODAAS Dundee Satellite Receiving Station (2020): Coastal Zone Colour Scanner (CZCS) - Level 0 data from NEODAAS Dundee Satellite Receiving Station. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: CZCS, Radiometer, Nimbus 7


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Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data was collected via the NEODAAS Dundee Satellite Receiving Station. This was then transferred to CEDA to allow the long term archive to continue.

Data Quality:
Data are as given by the data provider, no quality control has been performed by the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA).
File Format:
Data are in bzip2 format.

Related Documents

 CZCS webpage

Process overview

This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.

Instrument/Platform pairings

NIMBUS-7 Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) Deployed on: NIMBUS 7 Satellite

Mobile platform operations

Mobile Platform Operation 1 Mobile Platform Operation for: NIMBUS 7 Satellite
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