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The Sentinels are a suite of satellite missions developed to serve the operational needs of the European Copernicus program for Earth observations. NOAA CoastWatch/OceanWatch provides Sentinel data to US users through official arrangements with ESAEUMETSAT and the European Commission.

Sentinel-3 is a multi-instrument mission to measure sea- and land-surface temperature, ocean and land color and sea-surface topography. Sentinel-3A was launched on 16 February 2016. Sentinel 3B launched on 25 April 2018 with the same suite of instruments.

The Ocean and Land Colour Instrument (OLCI) is based on heritage from Envisat’s Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) to measure visible and thermal infrared radiances with which to generate true color, ocean color radiances and derived products such as chlorophyll, total suspended matter (TSM), diffuse attenuation coefficient at 490 nm (Kd(490)), absorption at 443 nm (a(443), and normalized fluorescence line height (nflh). OLCI has 21 bands at wavelengths from 400 nm to 1020 nm (400, 412, 442, 490, 510, 560, 620, 665, 674, 681, 709, 754, 779, 865, 885, 1024 nm), a spatial resolution of ~300 m (at nadir) and a swath width of 1270 km.

CoastWatch distributes EUMETSAT native products (L2) also generates and serves mapped and composited products (L3) for US Coastal regions ("CONUS") and global sectors.  Global sectors are "hi-res" 300 m 216 sectors (AA through RL, Figure 1) and "VIIRS-res" 750 m 24 sectors which match VIIRS ocean color (Figure 2). See the data access tab for product lisitings and links.

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Figure 1.  CoastWatch hi-res OLCI Sentinel-3 sector coordinate map
CW VIIRS sector map
Figure 2. CoastWatch VIIRS-res sector coordinate map

See the ESA Sentinel-3 website for more information: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Sentinel-3/Introducing_Sentinel-3

OLCI Level 1b (e.g., true color) and ocean color Level 2 data (e.g., radiances, chlorophyll, etc.) are generated by EUMETSAT (https://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/Data/Products/Ocean/index.html) and served by CoastWatch.

See the EUMETSAT ocean data product pages for more information and links to specific documents: https://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/Data/Products/Ocean/index.html

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KeyDescription
Platform/Sensor

Sentinel-3A / OLCI

Sentinel-3B / OLCI

Measurement/Products

Ocean Color and derived parameters including: 

remote sensing reflectances (Rrs(λ) @  400 nm, 412 nm, 442 nm, 490 nm, 510 nm, 560 nm, 620 nm, 665 nm, 674 nm, 681 nm, 709 nm, 754 nm, 779 nm)

chlorophyll-a concentration

diffuse attenuation coefficient at 490 nm (Kd(490))

normalized fluorescence line height (NLFH)

total suspended matter (TSM)