26, January 2016

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8500
Open Date: 22/12/2015
Closing Date: 26/02/2016

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 15.155.19
Prog. Ref.: EOEP4 Miss.Op.Maint
Budget Ref.: E/0099-E4 – EOEP4 Miss.Op.Maint
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESRIN
Directorate: Directorate of EO Programmes
Department: Science, Appl & Future Technologies Dept
Division: Mission Science Division
Contract Officer: Bode, Silke Friederike
Last Update Date: 22/01/2016
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification(English version)

The Societal Benefits of Ocean Colour Radiometry (OCR) are well articulated and include management of the marine ecosystem, role ofthe ocean ecosystem in climate change, aquaculture, fisheries, coastal zone water quality, mapping and monitoring harmful algal blooms. Within the European Copernicus programme, ESA has developed two relevant satellite families (Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3) that carry complementary payload instruments that can measure ocean colour (the Sentinel-2 MultiSpectral Imager (MSI) and Sentinel-3 Ocean and Land Colour Instrument (OLCI)). Sentinel-2 and Sentinel- 3 will serve the broad scope of Copernicus Service application areas using their unique suite of instruments and data products to allow European environmental policies to be administered with confidence.The aim of the Fiducial Reference Measurements (FRM) for Satellite Ocean Colour project (FRM4SOC) is “To establish and maintain SI traceability of ground-based Fiducial Reference Measurements (FRM) for satellite ocean colour radiometry (OCR). FRM are the suite ofindependent ground measurements that provide the maximum Return On Investment (ROI) for a satellite mission by delivering, to users, the required confidence in data products, in the form of independent validation results and satellite measurement uncertainty estimation, over the entire end-to-end duration of a satellite mission To this end, the FRM4SOC project shall develop, document, implement and report OCR measurement procedures and protocols. It shall design, document and implement both laboratory and field inter-comparison experiments for FRM OCR radiometers to verify their FRM status. Dedicated international coordination activities shall also be implemented. Part of the work shall focus on defining the next generation of European Ocean Colour vicarious calibration/adjustment infrastructure. The project shall be carried out within 24 months from the KO date.

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