Ocean Color - Radiances from MOBY - Field Observations

The Marine Optical BuoY (MOBY) is a NOAA funded project to provide vicarious calibration of ocean color satellites (SeaWiFS, MODIS, and VIIRS ). MOBY is an autonomous optical buoy which is moored off the island of Lanai in Hawaii. The system was designed for measuring sunlight incident on and scattered out of the ocean. These measurements are provided in near real time for the vicarious calibration procedures conducted by ocean color scientists.

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    Photo of a Marine Optical Buoy (MOBY) in the ocean

    The Marine Optical BuoY (MOBY) is a NOAA funded project to provide vicarious calibration of ocean color satellites (SeaWiFS and MODIS) (Clark et al., 1997).  MOBY is an autonomus optical buoy which is moored off the island of Lanai in Hawaii.  The system was designed for measuring sunlight incident on and scattered out of the ocean. These measurements are provided in near real time for the vicarious calibration procedures conducted by ocean color scientists. The development of MOBY began in 1985, followed by deployments of prototypes; first in Monterey Bay (1993) and then in Hawaii (1995). The operational version was tested in the fall of 1996 in Hawaii, and MOBY became operational at the Lanai site in July of 1997. MOBY collects data on a daily basis. Moss Landing Marine Marine Laboratories (MLML) was selected through a NOAA grant process to participate in the engineering and construction of the prototype and opertation version of the system in 1989.    Additionally, MLML has had the primary responsibility for maintaining, calibrating the buoy and data production of the system.

    The intent of this site is to provide the background information associated with the system and a complete documentation of the data products and parameters collected during the operational period. A complete description of the system and product derivation can be found in the Papers and Posters Link. The photo gallery will document some of the operations and personnel involved in this project.

    Short Names
    MOBY GOLD
    MOBY SPECTRAL
    Temporal Start Date
    July 20, 1997
    Product Families
    Field Observations (In situ)
    Ocean Color
    Measurements
    Ocean Color Calibration
    Processing Levels
    Level 1
    Latency Groups
    24+ hours (Delayed)
    Latency Details

    3+ days

    Data Providers
    SJSU
    NOAA
    Spatial Coverage

    MOBY

    Description

    Marine Optical BuoY 

    Platform Type
    Marine Buoy
    Instruments
    Organizations
    MLML

    MOBY

    Description

    Marine Optical BuoY

    Platforms
    Instrument Types
    Lidar
    Organizations
    SJSU

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